Who is Tyson Campbell? 5 things to know about the Georgia signee
Tyson Campbell, a 5-star cornerback from American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., chose to sign with Georgia on Wednesday.
The same school that has produced a number of college stars, including former Georgia players Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie. Campbell, listed at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, is rated as the nation’s the second-best cornerback in the 2018 class and the fourth-best prospect in Florida on the 247Sports composite.
1. Biggest competition for Tyson Campbell
Miami and Alabama are regarded are the other two finalists to sign Tyson Campbell, although Georgia is considered the favorite. Miami offers the chance to stay close to home. Alabama has all those championship rings. The Hurricanes were considered the leaders for a while before the Bulldogs made their move. Georgia assistant coach James Coley is from South Florida and has strong recruiting ties there, and Kirby Smart has made Campbell a prime focus down the stretch. Campbell gave Miami an official visit last weekend, but will it be enough to get him away from Georgia, which seems to be corralling everyone it wants this cycle?
2. Signing Day plan
Campbell plans to announce at 10 a.m. Wednesday during an ESPNU broadcast. Campbell will be joined by at least one other teammate in making a televised commitment.
3. High school accolades
Campbell started at cornerback for three seasons, with the other cornerback spot at American Heritage manned by Patrick Surtain Jr. – another 5-star prospect. Suffice to say, other teams didn’t tend to rack up a lot of passing stats against that team.
4. Bet you didn’t know
This century, the only 5-star cornerbacks to sign with Georgia have been Branden Smith (2009) and the late Paul Oliver (2003), according to the 247Sports composite.
5. How the Bulldogs might use Tyson Campbell
Campbell would have a chance to start right away. The Bulldogs have one set starter in Deandre Baker, who as a junior was second-team All-SEC. But Georgia loses Aaron Davis and Malkom Parrish, who started at nickelback and cornerback, respectively. If Campbell signs with Georgia, then the onus will be on the returning players – rising junior Tyrique McGhee and a host of 2017 signees – to get some separation this spring before Campbell arrives. Even then, Campbell, with his height and skills, would be hard to keep off the field.