It’s a great honor to be invited to the Opening as a senior in high school, but to be an invited as a junior is extraordinary.
For 2015 Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake receiver George Campbell, that’s the case for him as he is one of four 2015 prospects in Oregon this week.
“It’s a real honor for me to be out here with people older than me,” Campbell said. “It’s big to be able to battle with everybody and for me to be competing against older guys is big. I feel like you have to be one of the tops in your class to be out here.”
The 6-foot-4, 183-pound Campbell didn’t just go out to Oregon to say he was there, he went out there to compete against the best.
“It was real fun to be able to win the fast man competition,” Campbell said. “I like to compete with some of the best runners and to run on TV was fun. People were surprised, and I was kind of surprised, that I ran a 4.36 forty time.”
A lot has been said about Campbell wearing teams gear at these events, but to him he says it means nothing at all.
“I like to wear this stuff,” Campbell said. “Some of them are gifts and some of it is stuff that I bought so I just wear it because it look good. It really means nothing in my recruitment.”
Up next for Campbell in recruiting will be a visit to Florida for Friday Night Lights, a place he has been to several times.
“Florida has a beautiful campus,” Campbell said. “They have a great environment around them and a great atmosphere too. I worked out up there for Friday Night Lights last year so I don’t think I’ll work out this year, but I’ll be there talking to everyone.”
Much like the other receiver targets for Florida, Campbell has become close with Joker Phillips.
“He’s a great coach and even better guy,” Campbell said. “He knows what he wants his players to do and what his players need to do get better, to be the best players possible.”