UGA recruiting: Where do the Bulldogs stand with 5-star CB Tyson Campbell?
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. The budget for Monday calls for a reading of the green regarding Georgia’s chances with 5-star CB prospect Tyson Campbell from American Heritage in South Florida.
Georgia and 5-star Tyson Campbell. Is that really a thing? Has that been a thing?
Could it be a thing?
The easy thing to do would be to check out Tyson Campbell’s Twitter feed over the weekend. There was not one, but two tweets that had to perk up the ears of DawgNation.
Campbell, who rates as the nation’s No. 23 overall prospect for 2018, is from American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla. That’s a program that doesn’t need Google Maps or Waze to figure out the way to Athens.
— Tyson Campbell™ (@tysoncampbell_) September 30, 2017
— Tyson Campbell™ (@tysoncampbell_) October 1, 2017
The first read would be to put one plus one together and surmise that Georgia’s strong on-field play of late has turned the head of the nation’s No. 3 cornerback prospect.
But there’s something more substantial here than that.
What Georgia is doing on the field right now is not creating additional interest with Campbell. It is reinforcing it.
David Wilson covers Miami and South Florida recruiting for our sister site, Diehards.com. Wilson told DawgNation that Campbell has been thinking about Georgia “for more than a minute” as the prospects like to say.
Which programs are coming after him the hardest?
“When I went there, both my parents liked it and I enjoyed the visit,” Campbell said. “I talked to Sony Michel and a couple of other guys and they were telling me how good of a coach Kirby Smart is. For me, when I look into a school, I know that I’m going to have to earn a job, but the most important thing is being comfortable and I just feel comfortable there.”
The quick read on 5-star cornerback Tyson Campbell
(This is the part where it seems natural to insert a line about American Heritage and its track record with sending top-shelf prospects to UGA. See Sony Michel, Marshall Morgan and Isaiah McKenzie. But let’s also not forget elite 5-star players such as Brian Burns that did not go to UGA.)
What’s the hurry-up Intel on Campbell? Let’s get after it.
- The U.S. Army All-American has said he will take all five of his official visits — all of them after the season. Campbell has three officials in mind but the other two are not set as of yet. His parents are preaching patience with this decision: “This is a pivotal moment in my life,” Campbell told Wilson.
- The 5-star senior also plans to visit both Alabama and UGA, unofficially, for games this fall. He also told Wilson he won’t make an early decision and probably won’t announce a decision until early January.
- Campbell and his teammate, fellow 5-star Patrick Surtain, have been taught by the best. Mike Rumph, who played in the NFL and also coached that duo at American Heritage, now coaches the cornerbacks at Miami. Patrick Surtain, Sr., a 3-time NFL Pro Bowl selection in his own right, is now the head coach at American Heritage.
- The American Heritage standout has ideal everything for his position. The term “prototype” should not be tossed around lightly, but the shoulder pads fit here. The 6-foot-2 1/2 senior weighs in at about 185 pounds with track speed. Campbell clocked a 4.47 laser time in the 40 at the Miami regional for Nike’s The Opening this year.
What about Alabama and Ohio State with Tyson Campbell?
I do consider Alabama to be a big contender here. My SEC Country colleague Chris Kirschner reports that Campbell is the No. 1 target for the Crimson Tide at that position this year.
That’s basically where the Bulldogs have had Campbell for quite some time. DawgNation reported in May that he sat atop the defensive back board for Georgia.
As far as Alabama goes, the cornerback spot is a clear priority. The top-ranked Tide did not reel in the trophy blue-chippers at that spot with the 2017 class and likely will see substantial turnover at that position to the NFL after this season.
Campbell also shared his thoughts about the Tide with Wilson.
“I have a great relationship with Coach [Nick] Saban and [defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley]. We talk almost daily. He just checks in and sees how I’m doing and tells me things that they need long cornerbacks like me.”
Ohio State and Urban Meyer also are in the mix for Campbell. Ohio State already has pledges from a quartet of 5-star prospects and has the nation’s top-rated class for 2018.
Campbell would make No. 5.
Kearis Jackson is wearing that recruiter’s hat right now
Peach County’s Kearis Jackson is well-connected in the Class of 2018. He has unique relationships with a pair of priority targets in 5-star QB Justin Fields and 4-star OG Trey Hill.
He’s not quite the 2018 version of Richard LeCounte III, but he is doing his part at least on social media. He knows how to skin that smartphone and put it to work.
Campbell was one of his recent targets that he wanted to make sure felt the social media love from the #RareBreed18 class at UGA.
Committed to the G ❣️ I'm beyond blessed to be where I am today . 🐶 Go dawgs ! pic.twitter.com/UtVVT7yu6p
— ~ⓚⓔⓐⓡⓘⓢ~® (@king_kearis) August 20, 2017
Bro 🤦🏾♂️, it’s nothing like repping the home state team 🐶🐾. https://t.co/yW5JhITBRn
— ~ⓚⓔⓐⓡⓘⓢ~® (@king_kearis) October 1, 2017
Come do numbers with us next year 🐶🐾👀…. Commit to the G 🤣 https://t.co/WF65mOOS50
— ~ⓚⓔⓐⓡⓘⓢ~® (@king_kearis) October 1, 2017
It’s a great day to be a Georgia Bulldog 🐶🤤.
— ~ⓚⓔⓐⓡⓘⓢ~® (@king_kearis) September 30, 2017
— ~ⓚⓔⓐⓡⓘⓢ~® (@king_kearis) September 28, 2017
There likely will never be another LeCounte on the recruiting trail for Georgia, but give Jackson some credit for doing his part so far as well as any other commit for the Bulldogs in the 2018 recruiting class.
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