Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Top 2015 ATH Campbell earns high praise
By Derek Tyson
Junior-to-be George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) already has created a buzz in the recruiting world. The talented 6-foot-4, 185-pound athlete debuted in the 2015 ESPN 300 as the No. 1 athlete and No. 3-ranked player overall.
His sophomore stats, though solid, aren't earth-shattering. Campbell accumulated 766 receiving yards on 30 receptions and nine total touchdowns. But after an impressive performance at the IMG 7v7 National Championships in Bradenton (Fla.) in June and winning the fastest man competition at The Opening in Beaverton (Ore.), Campbell has seen his stock soar.
The Under Armour All-American said he is humbled to be ranked so highly.
"It feels great to be so highly ranked -- it's a big honor," Campbell said. "Not every one can say they are ranked so high, but it just shows that all my hard work and all the effort I've been putting in to football is starting to pay off."
Campbell's performance at IMG was so impressive that it caught the attention of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who was in attendance.
"He came over to me and told me that I need to play with a chip on my shoulder and that he liked the way I played -- with the swagger that I had," Campbell said. "He wanted me to keep working, and next time he see's me, he wants me to be on the next step to being a big-time player."
With his size and athleticism Campbell gets compared to several NFL players, but there is one in particular that he models his game after.
"I definitely try to model my game after Julio Jones," he said. "Just his size and the way he goes after the ball. His route running is great, everything is good. I think I would say he is who I model my game after."
Campbell and Artavis Scott, a recent Clemson commit, have combined to be one of the top recieving duos in the country. Campbell said he has learned a lot by playing with Scott.
"Playing next to Tay is pretty much great," he said. "Because we help each other get better and push each other to our limits. He's taught me a lot -- not just in football but in life. I've always looked up to him."
Scott, the No. 10-ranked receiver in the country for 2014, said Campbell has been succesful because he doesn't let all of the attention go to his head.
"It's been good playing with George," Scott said. "It's fun knowing that if we need someone to step up, besides me, I can count on George because he is good at what he does. I've seen how hard he works and how he wants it.
"Most people can't stop him, so it's good, but he doesn't let it get to his head. He's good on that. It's just been good seeing him grow and develop over the years."
As for recruiting, Campbell remains wide open but is planning to make a few trips over the summer and fall.
"I'll probably head to Friday Night Lights at Florida," he said. "I know I want to get up to Clemson with Tay, but I'm not sure about the dates. I also want to get up to the barbeque at Michigan, and then maybe Florida State sometime."
Campbell, who would like to make his decision going into his senior season, has an idea of a few schools standing out, but is not ready to name any top schools publicly.
"I got a couple schools, in my head, that are sticking out," he said, "and I want to keep checking them out."