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Five-star Tyson Campbell ranks as the nation's No. 3 cornerback prospect for 2018.

Sony Michel has been telling 5-star recruit Tyson Campbell all about UGA

Jeff Sentell

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. In this edition, we talk about 5-star CB Tyson Campbell, who is taking an ultra-important official visit to UGA this week. He’s the No. 1 remaining target for 2018. 

Tyson Campbell is taking his official to UGA this weekend.

Whoa, Nellie. That’s a quick backpedal and speed turn from heartbreak to hope.

If Campbell signs with Georgia, the American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) standout will be one of the five most-talented players in the 2018 class. He might even rank in the top 3.

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Tyson Campbell ranks as the nation’s No. 3 cornerback prospect for the 2018 cycle by the 247Sports composite. (Sam Spiegelman/SEC Country)

That is saying something, given that the Bulldogs already have six 2018 signees who carry the same 5-star rating Campbell does.

But it’s because it doesn’t take an astute analyst to watch how Alabama gashed UGA with its talented receivers to see why the Campbell signature would be vital for UGA.

Iron vs. iron. Strength vs. strength. Georgia needs to get bigger, faster and longer in its secondary.

The opinion here is that Alabama fielded a game-defining edge on Monday with their receivers going against the Bulldogs secondary. Campbell could help neutralize that.

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What did Sony Michel tell Tyson Campbell about Georgia?

Campbell (6-foot-2½, 180 pounds) ranks as the nation’s No. 3 cornerback prospect for 2018 on the 247Sports composite ranking. The 5-star prospect has ideal size and length, and he’s also a state track champion in both the 100 and 200 meters.

His best times in the 100 meters range around 10.6 seconds.

Campbell retweeted an item from Georgia’s Sony Michel on Wednesday morning.

There’s some history there. Campbell comes from the same powerhouse program in Florida that sent Marshall Morgan, Isaiah McKenzie and Michel to UGA.

Campbell told SEC Country’s Ben Wolk that Michel reached out to him shortly after Georgia’s Rose Bowl win. Michel has made sure Campbell knows what Kirby Smart is building at Georgia.

“Oh yeah, I just talked to him the other day after the Oklahoma game,” Campbell told Wolk. “You know, he always tells me that Georgia’s the right move for me and stuff like that. I gotta make my own choice, but he tells me things.”

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American Heritage (Fla.) 5-star Tyson Campbell rates as the nation’s No. 3 cornerback prospect for 2018. (Sam Spiegelman/SEC Country)

He said Michel shares his UGA story. Both before and after Smart.

“You know, it’s all love,” Campbell said. “He lets me know that it’s a good school. It’s a school that helped him get to where he is right now.”

Campbell is scheduled to visit Tuscaloosa next weekend. Those are the only official visits he has confirmed.

It is worth noting that Jeremy Pruitt is now at Tennessee.That had been Campbell’s primary recruiter to the Crimson Tide. Georgia’s recruiting pitch from Smart, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and receivers coach James Coley has remained the same.

Campbell downplayed that as a major factor.

“You know, you can’t really go to a school because of a coach,” he said. “Obviously I’m comfortable with where things are at with Georgia. I’ll just have to see how things go. Whatever happens, happens.”

What Tyson Campbell would mean to the 2018 class 

Georgia signed seven defensive backs in 2017 and then moved one of its most impressive receiver recruits, Mark Webb Jr., to that side of the ball to add even more ability to that room.

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Tyson Campbell was regarded as one of the fastest players in the nation in 2017 at Nike’s The Opening. (Land of 10/file photo)

In comparison, Alabama signed four receivers in 2017, and they were rated among the nation’s top 12 players. The Tide put three of those players on the field in the National Championship Game.

Jerry Jeudy and Devonta Smith (a former UGA commit) both made huge plays in that game, including the game-winning touchdown from Smith. Georgia’s young defensive backs did not make anywhere near that impact in the most important moments.

The Bulldogs also saw Aaron Davis, Malkom Parrish and Dominick Sanders exhaust their eligibility. Junior Deandre Baker, the team’s most effective cornerback in coverage all season, is flirting with the NFL. That’s what makes both Campbell and California 5-star Isaac Taylor-Stuart so vital to add to the nation’s top-ranked class.

Alabama rising sophomore QB Tua Tagovailoa and all those receivers could be waiting for the Bulldogs for Round II in the SEC Championship game in December. The Bulldogs will have to cover those guys to steer the result toward a different outcome.

Campbell can cover elite talent like that. He was very impressive last week in practices at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He’s as big as those players and just as fast. That South Florida speed is not to be trifled with.

It would be another recruiting coup for the current UGA staff if they bring in Campbell. The Bulldogs haven’t signed a 5-star cornerback prospect since Branden Smith in 2009. The only other 5-star cornerback signee, per the 247Sports composite, was Paul Oliver in 2003.

Want to quickly get up to speed on Campbell? Here are a few essential links on the nation’s No. 27 overall prospect for 2018.

 

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