The talent may be raw at times, but George Campbell can beat you in a variety of ways. The 6'3", 184-pound playmaker is oozing with athleticism and displays true top-level speed, so it's no surprise programs across the country are already well into their pursuit of the prized 2015 Florida prospect.
Campbell, a standout at East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, committed to Michigan last summer. After multiple unofficial visits to Ann Arbor, he backed off his pledge in December.
A nationwide recruitment process could last until near signing day, as several notable programs have entered the equation. Campbell holds offers from Florida State, Florida, Clemson, USC and Alabama, among other universities.
Campbell has been a consistent offensive threat in high school, where he lines up at receiver. The big target caught 61 passes for 1,535 yards and 12 touchdowns during the past two seasons, per 247Sports.
Campbell also contributes throughout the defensive unit, from the front line to back end. He's tallied 86 tackles since 2012.
Questions about his ideal collegiate position put Campbell into the "athlete" category. The 5-star prospect is rated America's top athlete and No. 12 overall among all recruits in 247Sports' composite rankings.
We delved into Campbell's game film to get a better indication of where he excels, while identifying potential shortcomings. Regardless of position, he is a key recruit to watch throughout this cycle.
|Hometown||Tarpon Springs, Fla.|
|School||East Lake High School|
|Size||6'3", 184 lbs.|
|Position||Wide Receiver, Defensive Back|
|Rankings||No. 1 athlete in America; No. 12 overall prospect; No. 4 player in Florida|
|Key Offers||Florida State, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Michigan, USC, Penn State|
It's extremely rare to see a young man of Campbell's physical stature streaking downfield with this level of speed. 247Sports has him clocked at 4.36 in the 40-yard dash and that number looks legitimate on tape.
Campbell quickly gives the impression that he has always been the most impressive athletic specimen to step on the playing field among his peers. He glides past players who would be deemed quick themselves and he does so with an extra three to five inches on his frame.
Campbell has proven he can adjust at the end of a route. His athleticism and improvisation make him a dangerous target when a play breaks down.
He has excellent leaping ability, which gives average-sized cornerbacks even more fits. He becomes extremely valuable in the red zone, where he can corral "jump ball" passes.
Defensively, Campbell lines up all over the place. His blend of height and quickness make him a rare commodity in high school so he spends time at defensive end and safety during the course of a game.
He is excellent in the box. Campbell is an impressive tackler who should become even more explosive at the point of contact with additional weight.
He executes smooth blitz technique and slides extremely well when attacking laterally in the backfield. Campbell's versatility makes him an intriguing option on defense, where safety makes the most sense.
Campbell rarely attacks the football at its highest point, which is precisely what he should do to capitalize on his size. Even on many of his highlight receptions, he allows the ball to close in on his chest.
It's a terrible habit that must be remedied for Campbell to enjoy substantial offensive success at the next level.
When a receiver doesn't reach away from his body to snag a pass, it presents more wiggle room for the defender. Downfield routes are about owning space and you limit your cushion (and chances for a reception) by not going full extension.
Allowing the ball to approach your shoulder pads only increases the chance of drops, which can keep even the most talented athletes sidelined in college.
Campbell could use more power as a runner. Given his size and burst there is a great opportunity for yards after the catch, but that will only increase if he can start breaking more tackles in the open field.
His speed is already in place to be a defensive secondary standout, but there are strides to make in coverage. Campbell must do a better job identifying routes and keeping his body on the receiver when given an opportunity to contribute in the defensive backfield.
He hasn't been implemented consistently in coverage so a transition to safety could be frustrating at times. Campbell will be challenged to improve his footwork and understand the nuances of serving as the last line of defense.
What position will George Campbell play in college?
Expect Campbell to make improvements on both sides of the ball as a senior. His athleticism is overwhelming and apparent but so is his rawness in several capacities.
He would be a high-ceiling project at free safety. Coaches will need questions answered about his toughness and, most importantly, coverage ability, but some schools will recruit him as a defender.
However, the majority of programs will eye up his untapped potential at wide receiver and fall in love with the idea of him putting everything together as an offensive playmaker. There will be growing pains but with significant fundamental refinement and dedication on the practice field, Campbell has the ability to emerge as a special target in the passing attack.
All star rating and recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.com unless otherwise noted.