Yes, it may have seemed like a quiet weekend for the Michigan Wolverines on the 2014 recruiting trail. Hey, many times no news is good news. But major tremors were felt nationwide by who Michigan landed for their class of 2015: receiver George Campbell, arguably the best player in the country.
Campbell, from East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, Fla., announced on Saturday that he was indeed committing to the Wolverines after weeks of speculation. Campbell is the third commitment in the Wolverines’ 2015 recruiting class, joining legacy offensive tackle Jon Runyan Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.) and kicker Andrew David (Massillon, Ohio).
The Wolverines are getting a physical specimen in Campbell. He’s truly a rare athletic talent. Let me explain: he’s 6-foot-5, 200 pounds and runs a laser-timed 4.37 40-yard dash. Nearly as impressive, he clocked a 4.1 shuttle and a 10-foot-8 standing long jump. And as an underclassmen last season, he averaged more than 25 yards per catch. People, he’s not even a junior in high school yet. That’s as tall and as fast as Calvin Johnson was at the 2007 NFL Combine. Can you imagine what he’s going to be like after a few years in the Wolverines’ program? It’s scary.
You have to give Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke some serious credit here. He’s recruiting his tail off right now. Besides landing arguably the best player in next year’s recruiting class, he’s also recently added the second-ranked player overall of the 2014 class (safety Jabrill Peppers), and is coming off a top-five 2013 recruiting class that featured the top quarterback and running back (Shane Morris and Derrick Green). And those are just the guys at the top. The classes Hoke has been putting together are just as deep in quantity as they are in quality.
Now, Big Blue fans are going to be salivating for a long, long time until Campbell actually puts pen to paper and makes things official. And if you think guys like Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are going to just throw in the towel and concede defeat, well that’s just laughable.
But Wolverines fans should still relish this commitment. If all goes according to plan, he just might be end up as one of the greatest receivers in Wolverines history, which is saying an awful lot.