Decision coming soon?

Will highly coveted wide receiver George Campbell be making his decision soon?

It’s been a long road for wide receiver George Campbell. This Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake star became a national recruit as a sophomore and committed to the University of Michigan as a junior.

Now it’s finally his senior season. Campbell, 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, backed off his pledge to the Wolverines and opened things back up a few months ago. He then put recruiting on hold toward the back half of the summer. Campbell was supposed to make a decision soon. Many figured it could be Florida. Then Florida State made a big move of late. LSU is certainly in the picture after his visit to Baton Rouge earlier this year. Of course you can’t rule out Clemson. Those seem to be the common four teams. Will he pull the trigger any time soon? I posed that question to his coach, Bob Hudson.

”I honestly don’t think he wants to hold out much longer and I do believe it will be real soon,” Hudson said. “I think he’s grown tired of it and George has seen enough.”

Campbell is part of an East Lake program that has seen its share of recruits from quarterback Pete DiNovo (Boise State signee now with UCF) two years ago to wide receiver Artavis Scott (Clemson) and offensive tackle Mason Cole (Michigan) last season. He has several teammates already committed to D1 schools including linebacker Carson Lydon (Virginia Tech).

”I am not one to pry into their recruiting but I am always here for them if they have questions,” Hudson said. “When they are ready I play devil’s advocate because I want them to be completely sure that they are truly ready to make a decision. That didn’t work out too well the first time with George.

”When he is ready he will let me know.”

Hudson is proud of the way Campbell has matured and developed. More than anything he’s counting on Campbell’s leadership this season, as it’s finally his team.

”Now he’s a senior,” Hudson said. “His leadership has always been there but he has stepped that part up even more. This is a young man that works hard, practices hard, is there at the meetings and is very coachable. He’s of course older now, bigger, faster and even more physical.”

Campbell, the nation’s No. 8 ranked wide receiver, will continue his role on the East Lake defense. People just assume that he helps out their secondary. In reality he puts his hand in the dirt and is a very talented defensive end.

”There is not too many guys out there [in high school] that are terrific wide receivers and defensive ends,” Hudson said. “He can get off the ball and rush the passer. And he has natural striking ability. Some think he should be a safety but he doesn’t like it because he doesn’t feel he’s good [back there].”

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