PLANTATION, Fla. ― Tyson Campbell announced his decision on National Signing Day with a black UGA hat.
The whole Campbell family had red UGA hats. That choice meant the finish line of a close race between Alabama, Georgia and Miami.
As Campbell spoke to the media afterward, he said Alabama and Miami were tied for second. If he had to pick just one runner-up, he’d go with Miami.
“I just saw a huge opportunity to come in and develop with an up-and-coming and a big-time program,” Campbell said about the fit at Georgia. “I feel like I can help out and I can be a contributor to that team and feel like that team can contend for championships.”
The nation’s No. 2 cornerback prospect on the 247Sports composite, who ranks as the nation’s No. 12 overall player for this cycle, is an elite prospect with great size and speed.
The 6-foot-2½, 185-pound senior was clocked during track season last spring at 10.4 seconds in the 100 meters. He had the chance to meet NFL All-Pro Richard Sherman at Nike’s The Opening over the summer. Campbell was heading into his senior season of high school ball but already taller than an NFL vet who is seen as having elite size at cornerback.
Campbell announced his choice from American Heritage School in South Florida. It included some late indecision. DawgNation was told late Tuesday night the decision had not yet been made.
He chose Georgia pretty close to 11 p.m. on Tuesday. That’s how difficult the choice was.
Was it going to be Alabama, Georgia or Miami? From a ceremony at his school, Campbell told a live audience on ESPNU he was headed to Athens. That same American Heritage program also sent former Patriots Isaiah McKenzie, Sony Michel and Marshall Morgan to Georgia.
The decision gives the Bulldogs their seventh prospect with that elite 5-star rating for 2018. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, that’s the modern record for 5-star signees in the same class.
Campbell helped to propel the Bulldogs to the No. 1 signing class for 2018. They overtook Ohio State, who was leading in the race heading into Signing Day.