Every so often, I lock on to a signee who for some reason convinces me he’s eventually going to blow up and have a huge Georgia career. I’m not always right about that, but the last time I got that feeling, it was over Roquan Smith. It took him a season to get going, but once he did, well… even at Georgia, All-Americans don’t exactly grow on trees.
I confess that I’m getting the same feeling about a member of the 2018 class.
CB Tyson Campbell
Campbell was one of the top overall recruits in a star-studded Georgia class. As the nation’s second-ranked cornerback out of high school, it could be hard to keep him off the field if he lives up to his potential throughout preseason practice. Head coach Kirby Smart was highly complimentary of Campbell at his National Signing Day news conference. Smart loves the 6-foot-2 cornerback’s blend of size and speed.
“The guy can fly, and he’s really competitive,” Smart said. “Obviously, we know what the stature and the size bring, but more important than that on Tyson Campbell is his intangibles. There are some other good DBs that we’re able to bring in. We’re really excited about the DBs as a whole. It’s an area that we felt like we could improve our team, and we were able to do it through recruiting.”
Kirby’s not the only one enamored with Campbell’s blend of size and speed. His high school tape is impressive, too.
His timing is also good. With several departures in the secondary, there’s a real opportunity to impact the two deep by the time the season rolls around. I don’t know that Campbell will be ready after a month’s practice to grab a starting spot in the secondary, but barring injury, I will be surprised if he doesn’t get some serious playing time in the opener. I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s got.