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American Heritage CB Tyson Campbell has been told by UGA that he is their No. 1 target at CB for the class of 2018.

UGA recruiting: Nation’s No. 4 CB Tyson Campbell sits atop the DB board

Jeff Sentell

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Tyson Campbell likes LSU and Miami. His teammate, Patrick Surtain, also likes the Tigers.

American Heritage is loaded with the nation’s No. 1 corner (Surtain) and Campbell this fall. The 6-foot-2.5, 181-pounder comes in at No. 4. The 247SportsComposite also lists Campbell as the nation’s No. 28 overall prospect for 2018.

Georgia lists Campbell a lot higher than that. He’s even been offered a track scholarship to UGA. That reflects the type of special athlete he is. He fits the Bulldog prototype of being able to play all over the secondary.

Campbell is also an electric punt returner. He has the wheels for it. He ran a 4.47 laser time at the Nike Opening Miami regional back in February.

Tyson Campbell
Tyson Campbell rates as the nation’s No. 4 CB prospect for 2018 per the 247Sports Composite. He has also been selected for the Opening finals this summer in Oregon. (Student Sports)

That’s just a few of the many reasons why the Bulldogs want him. It will be quite a challenge. When he updated SEC Country’s Zach Alboverdi about his recruiting, he listed UGA among his top schools.

It was just in a group that included LSU at the top. Not a leader. But that was the first school he named when he rattled off his top options.

Campbell then mentioned Ohio State and Miami. Florida and Florida State came next. The last two schools he named were Alabama and Georgia.

In any other discussion, it would be a good thing to be right with the Crimson Tide. But that’s a pretty elite group. It sounds like the Bulldogs have some distance to cover there, but Campbell does have a clear opinion about the program.

Georgia has at least a shot with Tyson Campbell

It sounds like the Bulldogs have some distance to cover there, but Campbell does have a clear opinion about the program.

“The coaches treat me like family,” Campbell told Abolverdi. “I love coach (Mel) Tucker, coach (James) Coley and coach (Kirby) Smart,” Campbell said. “I plan on visiting them in the summer. With them, we talk almost every day. They rave about me being the No. 1 corner on their board. I just can’t wait to go there and see all of them there (at Georgia) this summer.”

There’s also three other things to think about.

  • Campbell plans to visit UGA this summer. It will be his first trip since a camp at the beginning of his sophomore year. He didn’t get the full campus tour that time. “I’m really looking forward to that,” Campbell said.
  • The 4-star cornerback plans to bring his parents along on that trip.
  • There’s also the familiar American Heritage connection at UGA. That’s the Florida powerhouse which sent kicker Marshall Morgan, new Denver Bronco Isaiah McKenzie and senior All-SEC candidate Sony Michel to play up in Athens.

McKenzie has also shared the Intel with him about the Bulldogs.

“I’ve talked to Isaiah about it,” Campbell said. “He’s told me that it is nice up there and they are going to treat me right.”

Campbell told Abolverdi his decision could come during or after the season.

 

Why Trey Dean needs more time 

Dutchtown DB Trey Dean would be on Georgia’s priority list at DB for the Class of 2018. He can be a rangy safety but can also come down to the line and shadow slot receivers and even outside receivers.  The 4-star recruit ranks as the nation’s No. 24 safety prospect for 2018.

We’ve written a lot about Dean over the last month, but he now plans to push his decision back to June. That’s interesting.

“Probably June,” Dean said. “Probably mid-to-late June. I just want to make sure I make the right decision. I don’t want to be like other guys out here and commit and have to de-commit. Once I commit, I want it to be 100 percent.”

Trey Dean
Trey Dean said to put just one thing in this story if anything shows up. “I’m going to put God first for me with this decision and there’s no doubt about that.” (Jeff Sentell / Dawgnation.com)

What also stands out is the relationship and appreciation that Dean has for the skills of Georgia CB commit Chris Smith II. Before Smith went public with his decision to commit to UGA, Dean said that Smith was a guy that he hoped he would be able to sign with and play alongside in college.

“After he committed he said that I was really the only other DB he really wanted to play with,” Dean said. “So I really took that into consideration.”

He said that Smith didn’t really enhance Georgia’s value to him. At least not yet.

“There are a lot of schools for me that are really at the same level,” he said. “Like I said, I need to see which school sets itself apart first before I think about guys I want to play with.”

The 6-foot-2.5, 184-pounder is already hearing from Smith. Smith said Dean could be “Bane” in Mel Tucker’s League of Shadows for UGA in 2018.

“He just wants me to come with him,” Dean said. “He’s going to come after me. … He loves Georgia. With him being so close to Will Poole I knew something like this was coming. Him being a Georgia boy. He liked Georgia growing up. I saw that coming.”

There are a lot of contenders for Dean. Georgia and South Carolina might very well be up at the top. But he’s also interested in Texas and Oregon. He grew up a huge Florida fan, but that program is currently not standing out among his top schools.

Tennessee and UCLA are also in the mix here.

FSU commit Wanya Morris says UGA is not going to let up

Grayson High School has suddenly become a pipeline to Florida State. Wanya Morris, a prototype left tackle, is currently one of four UGA targets that have committed to play for Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles.

He’s also probably the one that Georgia really wants to flip the most, too. Morris currently rates as the nation’s No. 6 offensive tackle and No. 72 overall prospect for the Class of 2019.

It was interesting how UGA line coach Sam Pittman reacted to his decision.

“I called Coach Pittman the next day and he said that he was not going to lose me to Florida State,” Morris said. “I like that. That’s exactly what he said. I like that a coach will say he will get down-and-dirty and compete for me. That’s nice.”

That fit at FSU is not just following the conga line of Rams to that program.

“It is just like family to me,” Morris said. “I am more of a people person, too. No school is bad. Don’t get me wrong here. It was a hard fight between Alabama, Georgia and Florida State for me honestly.”

Wanya Morris
Big OT Wanya Morris chose FSU but said it was a tough bout between the ‘Noles and Alabama and UGA. (Jeff Sentell / DawgNation.com)

He said those were the schools which had been recruiting him the hardest.

“I basically knew where I wanted to go but basically once I got my Mom on board then it was a wrap.”

The 4-star tackle said that his race is not over. He said that Alabama and Georgia have to come harder at him and keep coming had. He said he is committed to FSU, but the school that recruits him the best over the next two seasons will be the one he ends us signing with.

“These schools honestly just have to get comfortable with my Mom,” he said. “She’s the one that runs the show and runs this. She’s the bouncer for me in this. She actually loves Florida State. When she goes there, she explains to me that the people there love to talk to her just to talk to her just to get to know her. Not just because she is my Mom.”

His Mom also likes UGA, but he noted that she feels the Bulldogs were late to offer compared to other schools.

“I think my Mom would like for me to stay home but I don’t know if I want to stay home or go out-of-state or stay in-state yet,” Morris said.

Wanya Morris
Wanya Morris will be a full-time starter for Grayson this fall. He rotated in last fall for the state champion Rams. (Jeff Sentell / DawgNation.com)

Morris is now up to 6-foot-5 in height and 295 pounds. That’s an increase of about 10 pounds over the last month.

“There are some big dudes out here,” Morris said. “I’ve got to get bigger and stronger and put some more armor on my body to get after them.”

He plans to major in computer engineering. He feels that FSU checks off all the boxes for him at that. So does Alabama. But he feels the FSU programs rate better than those in Tuscaloosa.

“Georgia is more of a business school than a great school in computer engineering,” Morris said.

He’s solid to FSU. Let’s not get anything twisted here, but it sounds like there are about seven-to-eight more rounds in this fight.

UGA has interest in Roswell TE Tyneil Hopper 

Roswell rising senior TE Tyneil Hopper rates as the nation’s No. 17 tight end for 2018.  He lists 15 offers on his 247Sports prospect page. The biggest of those would be the ones from Auburn, Louisville, North Carolina and South Carolina.

He doesn’t have one from UGA, but he does have an interest there. Hopper even wore a pair of UGA gloves to the Charlotte Nike Opening regional earlier this month, but don’t read too much into that.

“I was in a hurry on my way out of the house and just grabbed a good pair of gloves,” he said.

It wasn’t like he was fishing for an offer or making a statement or anything, but he does like UGA.  He plans to enroll early.

Tyneil Hopper
Roswell 3-star TE Tyneil Hopper doesn’t have a UGA offer yet, but he said it was one he would definitely like to have. (Jeff Sentell / SecCountry.com)

“I have visited Georgia and I’ve been to one of their (spring) practices,” Hopper said. “I’ve been talking to Georgia a lot. But I haven’t been offered by Georgia yet.”

The Bulldogs have a pretty deep board at TE. The fact that Hopper has yet to receive an offer would place him down below John FitzPatrick, Kyle Pitts, George Takacs and Tommy Tremble. That’s among prospects who have shown legit interest in the program.

“That’s an offer I might,” Hopper said. “I am in Georgia. I live in Georgia. So it would be cool to get that big in-state offer from Georgia.”

Auburn is on him hard. They’ve told him they want him for 2018.

“I feel good about Auburn,” he said. “Auburn is a good school to me. I know coach (Larry) Porter the tight ends coach there well. He’s a pretty cool dude. He came over from North Carolina. We communicate a lot. Everything is going really good with Auburn right now.”

Hopper’s first cousin, Tyron, already holds SEC offers from Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee. The 6-foot-1, 204-pounder projects to play either safety or cornerback.