Florida JRs ready for The Opening
Derwin James
Derwin James
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jun 27, 2013
Chad Simmons


Out of the 162 participants at The Opening 2013, 158 will be seniors in 2013. Four will be juniors and two of those are from Florida. The Sunshine State athletes are excited about this event...


George Campbell and Derwin James are ready to fly across the country from Florida to Oregon to compete at The Opening from June 30-July 3.

One of them has actually been counting down the days.

"About 20 days ago, I started having a countdown," James said. "I have been marking off the days for a few weeks now and I am excited about The Opening. I fly out Sunday and I am ready."

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The elite safety out of Auburndale, Fla. wants to take full advantage of the opportunity he has been presented.

"I really want to show what I can do out there in Oregon. I want to go against the best, go against the guys older than me, and compete. I want to learn, get coaching, and get better too. I may not get this opportunity again, so I want to take it all in."

The highly-touted junior out of Florida feels his skills will help him shine.

"I have been working hard and my hard work is paying off for me now," he said. "I feel I can run with anyone, I am a very strong safety, and I think how physical I play will help me too. I think I will do well out there."

The 6-foot-1, 199 pound junior is committed to Florida State and he has been for some time, but he will still visit other schools. That doesn't mean his commitment is not strong.

"Going through the recruiting process is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I do want to visit other schools, but I know where I want to go. I want to go to Florida State," James stated.

Auburn, Clemson, Michigan, and Ohio State are schools that have offered James recently.

Campbell will be joining James in Beaverton and he feels he is ready to showcase what he can do with the best of the best.

George Campbell
Campbell is a Scout 100 lock in 2015.
"I got invited to The Opening because they feel I am one of the best in the nation," Campbell said. "It gives me a shot to show that they are right. I want to go out there and do what I need to do to show everyone that I am one of the best out there."

Campbell knows to be the best means he has to work hard. He is prepared for that.

"I am going to got out there and work my butt off. I want to get better while showing that I am one of the best. I work hard now at East Lake and I will do the same in Oregon. I know I will get better out there with all that talent around me."

The 6-foot-5, 181 pound athlete out of Tarpon Springs, Fla. played all over the field as a sophomore from safety to defensive end to wide receiver.

He will stay on offense at The Opening.

"Oh yeah, I will be playing wide receiver," said the versatile junior with 27 scholarship offers. "I have size, speed, and hands as a wide receiver. I feel I run good routes too. I will be at wide receiver the entire time."

Like James, Campbell is expected to be one of the top prospects in the 2015 class and both are out of the state of Florida.

Unlike James, Campbell is not committed to a school and he is still keeping an open mind right now about the recruiting process right now.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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