After a two-plus year chase in which he was Miami’s top target at DB and, arguably, overall, 5-star CB Tyson Campbell has taken fans on a roller-coaster, but that ride ended with a thud for Mark Richt and the Miami Hurricanes when Campbell committed to the Georgia Bulldogs at his Signing Day ceremony.
American Heritage CB Tyson Campbell has picked Georgia over Miami and Alabama— Christopher Stock (@InsideTheU) February 7, 2018
The 6’2” 180 pound corner with outstanding speed and length, along with incredible ball skills, was a perfect fit for a Manny Diaz defense that needs it’s corners to live on an island while Diaz sends his mixes of blitzes. Campbell apparently felt otherwise, though, and he’ll spend the next four years in Athens with the 2017 National Champion runner-ups.
After the dead period, Campbell took officials to Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama in January, saving his Miami OV for last. The U.S. Army All-American made the visit with the rest of the Heritage crew, enjoyed the time getting to know the staff and potential teammates, and seemed to generally warm up to the idea of playing his college ball in front of his hometown support group. It just wasn’t enough, though.
Sure, Miami has already loaded up on defensive backs in this class, but Campbell was the crown jewel, the type of elite talent that the Hurricanes’ legacy was built on. Hell, Miami even had his former high school coach at American Heritage on staff (Mike Rumph) and Campbell was reported to favor the Canes for the majority of his recruitment. Somewhere along the way, something went wrong, but there’s no doubt about it: if the Canes are ever to reach the heights of past championship teams, they’ll have to start winning the battles for the Campbell’s of the world.
All the best to Tyson Campbell in his future endeavors.