Michigan Wolverines get Surprise Commitment from 5-Star WR George Campbell

By Patrick Schmidt
George Campbell-Michigan Wolverines
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Michigan picked up a surprise commitment from George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla. East Lake) Saturday afternoon. Campbell is the No. 1 ranked wide receiver in the 2015 class and a five-star recruit who many believed could be bound for Florida.

Campbell was in town for the “Barbecue at the Big House” and it was anticipated that the Wolverines would make a significant push for Campbell over the weekend. However, I don’t think Brady Hoke, his coaching staff or the most optimistic fan expected a commitment would be in store.

The 2014 class already has seen a number of high-profile commitments, notably from the nation’s No. 3 recruit Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J. Paramus Catholic) and Michigan is considered the favorite for top defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va. Woodbridge).

But the highlight of the weekend could be the early commitment of Campbell, who is the third 2015 commitment, and gives the Wolverines a jump start as they look to build on what could be the No. 1 class in 2014.

This has to be considered a coup for Michigan to land Campbell who could be an electric playmaker the moment he steps foot on campus. He has all the talent in the world to be an All-American, Biletnikoff winner and first round pick in the NFL draft especially with 2013 top quarterback recruit Shane Morris throwing him the ball.

Campbell has made two previous visits to Ann Arbor, but it was the third time that proved to be the charm for the wide receiver ranked as the No. 8 ranked recruit in 247Sports composite rankings. The early commitment is a surprise, but don’t be surprised to see Florida ramp up their efforts for him and continue to recruit him and get him back on campus for a visit.

The 6-4, 185-pound receiver recently ran the fastest 40-yard dash at The Opening earlier this month clocking a blistering 4.36 and had 30 receptions for 766 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore while also playing safety.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.

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