The Oklahoman’s Super 30: Tulsa Holland Hall’s NuNu Campbell shined early, hasn't dropped off
TULSA — NuNu Campbell was an eighth-grader when he first got the attention of Tulsa Holland Hall football coach Tag Gross.
It wasn't because Campbell's cool and unique name stood out from the others.
Instead, it was mainly because Campbell already looked like he could start on Gross’ high school varsity squad.
“You could tell he had something special about him,” Gross said. “He made plays. At that point, he was a running back, but you could tell he probably wasn’t going to be a running back in high school. He’s kind of lean and skinny.”
Campbell has matured and developed since then.
And now, he’s one of the top players in Oklahoma.
Campbell is No. 20 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the state’s best recruits in the 2022 class. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound cornerback is a Rivals three-star prospect and holds offers from Kansas, Tulsa and Washington State, among others.
Last season, he helped Class 3A Tulsa Holland Hall go 12-0 and win its first Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association football state title.
Campbell was one of the top defensive players for the Dutch and finished with 47 tackles, eight pass breakups and four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.
He’ll have an expanded role this year and plans to start at both cornerback and wide receiver.
“What I’m really excited about this year is what he’s going to potentially do on offense,” Gross said. “He’s real explosive with the football. Last year, we had some good senior receivers. We didn’t need him, but he’ll make a difference for us at wide receiver.”
Tulsa Holland Hall is expected to be one of the best teams in Class 3A.
Campbell is trying to recreate the culture from last year and has big team goals for his senior season.
“No. 1 is picking up where we left off, making sure young guys know the goal and understand how we got to where we got to last year,” Campbell said. “And making sure everybody is clicking and the brotherhood is still there.”
Born and raised in Tulsa, Campbell lives with his mom and brother.
His real first name is Tywkuan. He got the NuNu nickname when he was a newborn and has gone by it ever since.
Along with being a standout in football, Campbell is a track star. He placed fifth in the 400-meter dash at the Class 4A state meet in May, finishing in 51.49 seconds.
His speed is one reason Division-I football programs have taken interest.
“They’ll say I fly around the field, twitchy fast getting to the ball,” Campbell said.
He also gladly accepts the task of going against the opposing team’s top receiver each week.
“The No. 1 thing that stands out is he is a hyper competitor,” Gross said. “He loves the challenge of covering somebody. The better they are, the more hyped he really is.”
Campbell, a starter since he was a freshman, has been a vocal leader throughout the offseason.
He mentors the younger players in the program and pushes everyone during workouts.
“He’s a serious guy,” Gross said. “But he’s quieter off the field. Really purposeful in what he’s wanting to do as far as college and making his grades and everything else that he’s supposed to do.”
The Oklahoman’s 2022 Super 30
Name: NuNu Campbell | School: Tulsa Holland Hall
Ranking: No. 20 | Pos.: Cornerback
Height: 5-foot-11 | Weight: 165 pounds
Recruited by: Washington State, Tulsa, Utah State, Illinois State, Ball State
About the series
The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2022 class. The series continued Friday with No. 20, Tulsa Holland Hall’s NuNu Campbell. See No. 19 on the list in Saturday’s edition of The Oklahoman. Here are the last five players featured:
No. 24: Corey Gordon, WR/DB, Putnam West
No. 23: Maliek Bogard, DE, Beggs
No. 22: Xavin Lackey, LB, Vian
No. 21: Jocelyn Malaska, WR/DB, Bethany
No. 20: NuNu Campbell, CB, Tulsa Holland Hall
Reporter Nick Sardis covers high school sports across the Oklahoma City metro and state. Have a story idea for Nick? He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @nick_sardis. Support Nick’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at oklahoman.com/subscribe or by using the link at the top of this page.