Dynamic Florida wide receiver George Campbell committed to Michigan last summer but became one of the 2015 recruiting class' hottest commodities by backing off that pledge in December. After a summer filled with campus visits and football showcases, the 4-star prospect appears poised to reach a decision.
Campbell cut down an expansive list of options to three programs, per Josh Newberg of 247Sports. LSU, Florida and Florida State are still vying for his commitment moving ahead.
The trio may not have to wait very long for an announcement. Though Campbell isn't expected to commit before the season begins, that development is "likely" to occur in September, per Newberg.
It's a drastic turn of events in a nationwide recruitment that began with a steady stream of scholarship offers during his sophomore year. Campbell, who averaged 25 yards per reception and caught seven touchdowns last season at East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, eliminates dozens of potential suitors by focusing on three finalists.
Clemson, UCLA, Oklahoma and Alabama are among squads that hoped to lure him away from the Sunshine State. Instead, LSU seems to be the lone landing spot that could lure Campbell beyond state borders.
The Tigers appeared to make a strong push in recent months. Campbell showed up at The Opening, an annual camp at Nike's world headquarters in Oregon, wearing LSU gear and ignited a growing sentiment he could be bound for Baton Rouge.
LSU maintains a strong track record at receiver, producing NFL draft picks at the position on a seemingly annual basis. Head coach Les Miles landed in-state pass-catcher Jazz Ferguson in February and remains in pursuit of 5-star New Orleans receiver Tyron Johnson.
Malachi Dupre, another top-ranked New Orleans product, picked LSU over Florida State last signing day and is expected to contribute immediately in the team's aerial attack. The Tigers also welcome receiver Trey Quinn to campus after he set a national high school record for career receiving yards.
This time, it's the Seminoles aiming to keep a prized prospect on home turf. Campbell has visited campus multiple times, and the team appears to be in good shape at quarterback when Jameis Winston eventually leaves, holding commitments from three 2015 passers—including two 4-star recruits.
Receivers value reliability at quarterback and, on paper at least, Florida State offers several promising options. Campbell would join Tampa product Aden Tate, a 4-star pass-catcher who committed earlier this month.
The Seminoles boast a bevy of young receivers. Head coach Jimbo Fisher signed two of the country's top 10 receivers during the last recruiting cycle, securing Travis Rudolph and former Florida pledge Ermon Lane.
Lane's departure hurt the Gators' 2014 recruiting efforts and the team settled for one receiver rated above 3-star status (J.C. Jackson). Florida is in dire need of field-stretching targets along the outside, especially after watching Jacksonville commit Tristan Payton flip to USC this summer.
Though Gainesville may provide the clearest path to a spot in the rotation for Campbell, uncertainty swirls around the coaching staff. If the offense doesn't rebound this fall, there will be a lot of questions regarding where the Gators go from here.
Florida State and LSU have each assembled stacked receiving corps, but Campbell is a confident young man and won't shy away from competition.
Ultimately, his best fit can be found in Tallahassee, where the 6'3", 184-pound prospect would grow with an impressive group of passers and help set the stage for strong seasons in a post-Winston world.
Recruit rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.
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