Campbell Impresses at 7v7 National Championship

East Lake High School wide receiver George Campbell stands tall amongst his teammates. At 6-foot-5, the 2015 wide receiver is not easy to miss, but not just because of his height. The likely five-star wide receiver is quick, runs crisp routes and has sure hands. At 198 pounds, Campbell has a full frame and already looks like a college wide receiver, after only finishing his sophomore year of high school.

Campbell, who is playing at the IMG 7 vs. 7 National Championship as a part of Team Tampa, played both wide receiver and cornerback, nabbing a few touchdowns and a couple of interceptions. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton even challenged Campbell when his team was playing the Cam Newton All-Stars saying, “Score a touchdown on our team, George.” To which, Campbell did one play later, and prompted Newton to respond, “Was that a fluke, George?” Campbell shook his head and gave a chest bump to his quarterback.

Campbell said of the event after his first game, “Our goal is to get better and compete. That’s why we came out here. We came out here to win the National Championship and get those rings.”

After the National Championship, Campbell has a few summer plans, but really plans on sitting out most of the summer. Campbell said, “Next weekend I’m at ‘The Opening’, but I’m just trying to recover my wrist. I’ve been out of football for three months, so I need to get back in shape and get ready for the season. So I will probably sit out some camps.” Campbell did re-iterate that his wrist is feeling a lot better than a few months ago when he was at the NFTC (Nike Football Training Camp).

Campbell, who claims no favorites, was decked out in Michigan gloves, a Florida State ball cap, and Alabama backpack, but asserts that he just likes the style of the gear. Campbell told me, “Every school wants me. They are all going to say something that you like. Every school is recruiting me really hard – all 27. I like it now. But I don’t have any favorites. It’s just a look.”

On Florida, Campbell said he is being recruited very hard, “I’ve got all the coaches at Florida recruiting me – Coach Muschamp, T-Rob (Travaris Robinson), Coach White, Coach Haskins and Coach Lewis. I got ‘em all. They are coming at me hard. They really want me to be a Gator. “ Campbell also noted that he really liked Florida’s facilities, “Speed kills. Florida is really trying to teach speed. The facilities are real nice. I really like it there.”

Before we ended our interview, Campbell added a fun gem about one the Gators coaches, “Coach Brian White got gumballs in his office. A big ole jar of gumballs. He offers them to you every time you walk by.”



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Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC