Having just had the Michigan football barbecue this Saturday, this was a good weekend for the school already. However, George Campbell‘s commitment to Michigan took the weekend from good to great for Brady Hoke and company.
Campbell is considered the top athlete in the 2015 class by ESPN and the no. 3 overall prospect. Obviously, it is very early for a player to commit with still two full seasons left of high school football, but Campbell has showed that he clearly has all of the tools, even if he hasn’t started his junior year of high school yet.
Campbell, from Florida, is already 6-foot-5 and 185 pounds, and can fly down the field with a 4.36-second 40-yard dash. At this point, Campbell is being looked at as a likely wide receiver at Michigan, although he is still classified as an athlete by some recruiting services.
So, what does the commitment of Campbell mean for Hoke and Michigan, besides just getting an incredibly gifted athlete?
First off, Michigan now has a commitment from a top-three recruit overall in both the 2014 class (Jabrill Peppers) and the 2015 class, with the possibility of adding the top player in the 2014 class, Da’Shawn Hand. This is proof that Hoke is not just getting top-ten recruiting classes, but also getting the super-elite prospects. Four-star recruits build very good teams, but it’s the five-star recruits who get teams to national title contention.
The key to getting five-star recruits is being able to recruit nationally, more specifically in the south. Very few non-SEC or top-tier ACC coaches can get top players out of the south, but Hoke (and Urban Meyer) has showed he is capable of doing so. The best talent is heavily concentrated in the south and so are the best programs in college football.
So, Hoke making his presence known down there is huge for Michigan, legitimizing them as an elite national program.
Michigan starts their 2013 campaign in under five weeks, but right now Brady Hoke is out brightening the Wolverines’ future by recruiting top talent, as shown by the commitment of George Campbell.
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