you're going offense, but you can't leave Peppers out while we're talking #1s....
Hello From The Future: George Campbell
If the gloves fit, you must commit.
This afternoon, Wilton Speight sent out a TomVH-like cryptic tweet about some potentially big news coming from this weekend's BBQ. Despite holding Michigan recruitniks hostage for most of a summer Saturday, ALL IS FORGIVEN:
— George Campbell (@GeorgeCampbell0) July 27, 2013
George Campbell, for those unfamiliar, is the #1 wide receiver in the 2015 class, and high school teammates with 2014 OL commit Mason Cole. The "Brady Hoke can't close on elite skill position prospects" meme? Deader than dead. And don't even think about pulling a fast one, other programs:
George Campbell said if any other schools try to recruit him, "I'm committed to Michigan and that's final."
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) July 27, 2013
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA okay calming down here's some actual info wait wait WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO alright serious face LOCK IT DOWN ANBENDER
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4*, #1 ATH,
5*, #1 WR,
5*, #1 WR,
Only ESPN and 247 have put out rankings for the class of 2015, and they're in agreement: George Campbell is the best receiver in his class and one of the top overall prospects. His height is listed between 6'3" (247) and 6'5" (Rivals & Scout), with ESPN splitting the difference; his listed weight is anywhere between 181 and 198 pounds. His official listed measurements from The Opening are 6'3.5", 185 pounds.
Campbell first made waves at Florida's "Friday Night Lights" camp last year as a rising sophomore, earning 247's top overall performer honors over a host of 2014 prospects, including former Michigan target Alex Anzalone:
1- George Campbell, WR, Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake (Class of 2015)
The 6-3, 180-pound pass catcher could be one of the top prospects in the Sunshine State for the 2015 cycle and certainly looked the part, showing off advance route running skills, an ability to get off the press and play physical. He reported a 37-inch vertical and the game seemed to move very slow for him on a night where prospects where tight and trying to impress.
Campbell made such an impression that, just two days ago, Florida's 247 outlet published a list of the five most memorable FNL performances; he made the list along with four five-stars of yore: Stefon Diggs, Ronald Powell, Cam Newton, and Tim Tebow. Not bad company, to say the least.
Since then, Campbell has torn up the (often older) competition at a wide variety of camps and 7-on-7 tournaments, forming a nearly unstoppable duo with '14 Clemson commit (and, yes, former Michigan target) Artavis Scott. Despite losing out on positional MVP honors to his teammate, Campbell actually finished one spot higher than Scott on Rivals's list of top performers at this year's Orlando NFTC:
While he was edged out by his teammate for MVP honors, Campbell looked like one of the best wide receivers at the event. He's a true deep threat and during the deep ball portion of the day he showed great speed combined with solid pass-catching ability. He still has some work to do on shorter routes when the ball comes quickly, but right now he's quite the home run hitter in the passing game.
At the same event, 247's Gerry Hamilton found just one area in need of real improvement, though it's a big one:
As has been the case for nearly a year now, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Campbell was dominant in the testing portion of the combine running a 4.48 laser timed forty-yard dash, a 4.2 shuttle and a 37-inch vertical. When it came time to run routes, Campbell was also dominant bursting off the line, quickly getting into routes for his size and creating instant separation out of cuts. One area the class of 2015 prospect struggled at times today was finishing plays. He fought the ball at times, and didn’t have the look of a natural pass catcher.
ESPN's scouting report seems to echo this amidst the usual fawning over Campbell's athleticism and jump ball skills:
STRENGTHS: Excellent athlete with eye-popping size and speed measurables. A legit vertical threat who can stretch the field on offense. Displays a long wingspan on a very tall frame for a receiver. Runs extremely well and is a major mismatch on corners when positioned one-on-one. Shows great range and length with a quick initial burst covering ground on defense. Demonstrates good instincts in pursuit and will finish plays. Possesses good ball skills and is very solid in zone coverage closing on the pass from depth. ... AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT: Can continue to refine his route running and become more consistent with his hands. Would benefit from adding bulk and strength to his frame. Not presently an overpowering downhill run defender on defense.
Why does ESPN's profile focus so much on his defense? Well, Campbell lined up at defensive end for East Lake last fall, and in June's IMG 7-on-7 championships he cracked Rivals's list of top performers... on defense:
Campbell is already one of the top wide receiver prospects for the class of 2015, but on Saturday he did his damage on the defensive side of the ball. He had at least two interceptions and also had a key pass breakup that helped his team secure a victory. He'll likely play offense at the next level, but it's clear he's a very versatile athlete.
Despite the above, Campbell should end up at receiver at the next level, though if he doesn't develop on offense he could easily find a home as a ball-hawking safety.
While Campbell's skills are still developing — remember, he's a rising junior — his athleticism is already at a very elite level. As one of just five 2015 prospects invited to this year's edition of The Opening, Campbell showed up and blew everyone away on the track:
While Noil was busy winning the overall SPARQ Championship, Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake wide out, and top Florida 2015 target, George Campbell won the fastest man competition.
The junior-to-be ran a 4.37 to take home the award.
Those are electronic times. Campbell also recorded a 37-inch vertical leap. He's almost 6'4". Al Borges is probably trying to find a way to get him on the team this fall, let alone two years from now.
Campbell held offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and West Virginia, among many others. It's safe to assume that he would receive offers from just about every program in the country if he didn't make an early commitment; as it stands, that offer list is impressive even for a decorated senior, and Campbell has yet to play his junior season.
Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake, as you well know by now, also features 2014 prospects Mason Cole (Michigan) and Artavis Scott (Clemson); they have one other '14 BCS commit in three-star DB Devin Abraham. Aside from 2013 three-star and UCF signee QB Pete Dinovo, no East Lake player earned more than two stars on Rivals prior to this class.
According to 247, Campbell recorded 30 receptions for 766 yards (25.5 ypc) and five touchdowns as a sophomore last fall, while also contributing 57 tackles on defense.
FAKE 40 TIME
Campbell's 4.36 40 time is gloriously NOT FAKE AT ALL.
More highlights with single-game cut-ups are available at Campbell's Hudl page.
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
Campbell will give Michigan a pair of hyper-athletic deep threats at receiver when he joins 2014 commit Drake Harris. It's tough to project Campbell's ability to make an early impact considering he's got plenty of work to do refinining his technique in the two years before he hits campus; the good news, of course, is that there are still two years before he hits campus.
What we do know is that, in 2015, Shane Morris or Wilton Speight is slated to have Harris, Campbell, Amara Darboh, Jehu Chesson, Moe Ways, Freddy Canteen, Jaron Dukes, Da'Mario Jones, Csont'e York, Devin Funchess, Jake Butt, and Ian Bunting as potential targets, in addition to Derrick Green and DeVeon Smith at running back. Oh, and that offensive line. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
Campbell is the third commit in the 2015 class, joining OT Jon Runyan Jr. and K Andrew David; 2014 grayshirt commit DT Brady Pallante will also join the team in 2015.
Campbell's presence is a boon to the 2015 class in that (1) he's George Campbell, five-star receiver, and (2) his early commitment should help attract other top talent to Michigan. At this point, it's way too early to go over numbers, so for now just celebrate the fact that HOLY CRAP GEORGE CAMPBELL JUST COMMITTED.
who is the oneish qb?
Premono Shane Morris.
Huge get. Just imagine him and Drake Harris together... Absolutely lethal!
Text "Catch all the footballs"
= what I was going for but am too lazy to actually do
Can we hand out two number 1 jerseys?
No, but we can give one of them #21 as a consolation prize.
Get me some Malik and some De'Shawn and then find me Drew Sharp so I can laugh in his idiotic face.
welcome Mr. Campbell!
Can't wait for this kid to have some subs. It's gonna be crazy
Dude...time to change your sig line.
Wow. This kid is an elite talent and to have him onboard this early is huge. Lookind forward to seeing him hit the field in 2015.
I see 1's and a 2. GO BLUE!!!!!!!!
Do you feel the national panash?
Thank you Hoke, Mattison, and Burke.
The depth of the pride and inspiration I feel right now is illogical.
That is Michigan Football. It runs deep in my blood.
I am very fortunate.
Is that a middle eastern dish?
Offense: Sr. QB-Shane Morris Sr. RB-Derrick Green Jr WR-Drake Harris Soph WR-George Campbell O-Line: this years great frosh group will be Seniors Defense: Peppers & hopefully Hand-McDowell etc will be Jrs. CAN'T WAIT
If this happens and these kids develop like they should... Watch out
Tell me Borges comes up with a formation where Drake, Ways, Campbell, and Bunting are all on the field together. How do you cover that?
Sparty still doesn't know who he is.
ok settled down
no, aroused again.
Is there a way to slow down a GIF? There should be. Exhibit A, your Honor.
Big, big get for Hoke and Co., his ability to dip into Southern talent and get the likes of Green, Cole and Campbell continues to amaze me. But I hope they stay on him. Long time until 2015 NSD, and its not like the Alabamas and Ohio States of the world are just going to all of a sudden stop recruiting him.
Okay, enough of being a Debbie Downer. Looking forward to seeing him and Harris stretch the field and make life miserable for opposing corners.
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:9482713 He runs a 4.37.
I'm still in shock. This is amazing news!
Ahhhhhh if only the old point system still worked .... We would all be walking around with sore browsers/apps after a POSBANG of epic proportions like this one! +1 for you. +1 for you ...
My favorite part of his highlight vid is when he plays DE. He is more of a Randy Moss than a Calvin Johnson, and that is fine by me!
For the rejoicing. I stayed for the drinking! Having a Short's variety to celebrate! Woooohooooo!
Not calling him Randy Moss, but let's "take the ball deep take the top off the defense."
I think you're going to have to hope Miss State writes more letters like that soon, because there's only a finite number of ways you can arrange those letters and Hoke is too damn good at recruiting
He got tackled more than once in his highlights. DO NOT WANT!
I'm seeing ESPN has him the #1 ATH and says he could do well on defense. What would he project to be? He's 6'5 and 198? Would he be a giant FS? Seems like 6'5" is almost too big to be a corner or a SS
Is 6'5" too big for anything when you run a 4.37?
but I figured the combinastion of 6'5" and not even weighing 200 lbs kind of limits you a bit. You can be too tall for a lot of positions, but then again, when you run a 4.37, I'm sure coaches will find a spot for you all over the field
He's not 6'5".
Well this is certainly good news.
I can only imagine the level of competition that will be going in in practice. Elite players practicing against elite players will improve everyone across the board. We are going to be a scary good team in the next few years. And I can not wait for it.
My thought exactly. This can only help Peppers in recruiting another elite db to play with him. Top talent attracts more top talent. Welcome to the Michigan family Campbell. Study hard and work hard. You are on the right track!
Not that they are really related, but if we can reel in Hand and McDowell the team we field in 2016 has the potential to be terrifying.
I was happy that Campbell came up on his own dime but his commitment has made this weekend a resounding success. Campbell brings back memories of Derrick Alexander.
HUGE commit with Campbell, any word on how Founette is enjoying this visit? Is it confirmed he made it? Thinking a huge 5 star commit like Campbell can only bring more momentum and positive vibes maybe Founette starts thinking about leaving the South.
Yeah! It's going great... I heard it's going great.
That feels bro
He's the #3 overall player to ESPN yet he's only a 4-star? Even the #1 player on that list is a 4-star so according to them no one in 2015 is good enough to get a fifth star. Can anyone explain this?