The next big thing?

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.

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8 responses to “The next big thing?

  1. Campbell seems to have exactly what today’s game demands at corner especially with the pattern matching/man-to-man scheme Kirby and Tucker like to play. You have to have the size and speed to match up with a guy like Darius Slayton on the fade and on the go. I imagine we’ll see him almost immediately as a gunner in punt coverage. He and Ameer Speed (I love that name for a DB) could be those big corners that Kirby craves.

    In the meantime, Deandre Baker is still one of the best players on the team regardless of position.

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  2. Sportsdawg

    I’m all in with you on this one Senator. I remember some of your early comments on Roquan, especially how you were high on his ability to cover backs/receivers out in space.The timing could not be better indeed for Campbell to arrive on the scene in Athens.

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  3. Russ

    I felt like this about Ray Drew. I still like the guy.

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  4. Granthams Replacement

    At Kirby’s camp this weekend the word on Campbell was he will start real soon.

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  5. 3rdandGrantham

    Absolutely – aside from Fields, he was the most important recruit in this class, both from a talent and position of need standpoint. If he’s not a starter week 1, I predict he’ll be a starter by the UF game. Miami fans in particular absolutely roared that we were able to steal him out of their backyard, and of course they accused us of blatant cheating in landing him.

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  6. Atticus

    Webb will start the 1st game and is very good, but this kid is the real deal.

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  7. Dawg19

    Campbell ran a 10.39 in the 100 meters his senior year.

    Now that’s speed.

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