A Florida Gators offer would mean a lot to Campbell

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain didn’t waste any time getting prospects on campus to meet his new offensive line coach Brad Davis just six short days after he was hired.

On Saturday offensive lineman John Campbell (6-5, 290, Orlando, FL. Dr. Phillips) was one of those prospects on campus and he enjoyed meeting with McElwain and the staff.

“It was good. We didn’t really tour the campus or anything,” Campbell said on his Florida visit. “Pretty much we just went to the game and I hung out with the new coaches. I talked to Coach Mac before I went to the game. We were in his office and that’s pretty much it, we were just hanging out with the coaches.”

Davis had spoken with Campbell over the phone last week but Saturday was the first time for them to meet and the first meeting went well according to the lineman.

“He seems like he’s great,” he said of his first meeting with Brad Davis. “ He said I could come play for him and take my game to the next level. He was saying that I was a great player and he liked my film.”

The meeting with McElwain was one of the highlights according to Campbell and he said he walked away feeling like the Gators head coach liked him.

“He said he loves my film and I’m a great player,” Campbell said of what McElwain told him. “ He was talking about my plan not being a four-year plan but a forty year plan. He wants you to be taken care of outside of football if that doesn’t work out.

Overall Campbell had nothing but good things to say about the visit to Gainesville but he left the visit without one thing he really wanted.

“It was great,” he said on the trip overall. “It would have been better if I would’ve gotten an offer, but hey, that goes for anybody. It was great and hopefully, the offer comes soon for me.”

If the Gators do offer Campbell, you can expect Florida to be one of his top schools despite him not having a leader at this time.

“When I was younger it was my favorite school so it would mean a lot,” Campbell said on what a Florida offer would mean to him. “But as of right now I don’t have any favorites but I want a Florida offer.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Florida has been evaluating and watching Campbell since last summer so an offer could come at any time. Auburn, Miami, and several other schools have recently offered the big offensive lineman.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.