George Campbell, a heralded wide receiver from Tarpon Springs, Fla., announced Friday that he has verbally committed to Florida State.
Campbell joins Orlando, Fla., product Nyqwan Murray and Tampa, Fla., product Auden Tate as the third receiver in the class of 2015 to commit to Florida State. The Seminoles' 2015 recruiting class now counts 21 verbal commitments and is ranked fifth in the country, according to Rivals.com.
Campbell, who also plays safety, caught 31 passes for 769 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior last season at East Lake (Fla.) High. He lined up as a running back (after logging just three carries last season) and in the slot in last Friday’s 40-10 win over Palm Harbor University (Fla.) High.
Campbell verbally committed to Michigan last July but decided to re-open his recruitment a few months later despite saying in a radio interview that “I'm going to stick with it. I was taught to stay with my commitment, and that's something I'm going to do -- no matter what -- with Michigan.”
Asked Friday whether Florida State would be his final verbal commitment, Campbell said, "Yes it is."
Campbell is one of the fastest receivers in his class -- he was clocked at 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash -- and is said to possess a quick first step for someone who stands 6-foot-3, 180 pounds. Yet he is still mastering the finer points of being a receiver, with some observers saying that his hands could use some work. Florida State will be tasked with tapping into Campbell’s immense athleticism-based potential.
The Seminoles, which lost deep threat Kelvin Benjamin to the NFL draft in May, will lose two more top receivers this offseason in seniors Rashad Greene and Christian Green. Florida State’s 2014 recruiting class includes two five-star (Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph) and one four-star (Javon Harrison) receivers.