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Miami could be slipping in the chase for Tyson Campbell
Tyson Campbell is Miami’s top remaining realistic target in the Class of 2018, and for good reason. The 5-star cornerback is ranked No. 3 at his position in the 247Sports composite rankings. He plays his high school ball at American Heritage School in nearby Plantation, Fla. His former coach at American Heritage is Mike Rumph, who now coaches corners for the Hurricanes. He’s a lifelong resident of South Florida, and when a top-tier talent such as Campbell has these sort of ties to the program and region, Miami can’t whiff without getting at least the feeling of a missed opportunity.
For most of Campbell’s recruitment, the Hurricanes seem to have been positioned well. The Rumph connection really helps — he knew about Campbell’s potential before his former player was on anyone’s radar. The proximity to Coral Gables helps, too — he’s still visited Miami more than anyone else. The 247Sports Crystal Ball still pegs the Hurricanes as the favorite with 44 percent of the 16 predictions.
But during the past few weeks, signs have become less promising for Miami to pluck the nation’s No. 23 player from its backyard. Campbell has three of his official visits sorted out, and the Hurricanes aren’t guaranteed to get one. Three programs are pushing hardest, Campbell said. Miami isn’t one. Even 247Sports cut down the list of schools considered “warm” for landing Campbell. The Hurricanes, once again, aren’t on the list.
“I would say right now it’s a three-way tie between Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State,” Campbell told DieHards on Sept. 22 when asked who’s recruiting him hardest. Those are also the three he said will definitely get official visits and the three 247Sports now places the “warm” distinction upon.
He was complimentary of all three programs and said he wants to take game visits to see both the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide, too. Here’s what he had to say about each of the three following American Heritage’s 41-13 win against Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School of Hollywood, Fla., in Plantation:
- On Alabama: “I have a great relationship with Coach (Nick) Saban and (defensive backs coach Derrick) Ansley). We talk almost daily. He just checks in and sees how I’m doing and tells me things that they need long cornerbacks like me. Hopefully when they watch the game from tonight they see me lock up some guys.”
- On Georgia: “When I went there both my parents liked it and I enjoyed the visit. I talked to [former American Heritage running back] Sony Michel and a couple of other guys and they were telling me how good of a coach Kirby Smart is. For me, when I look into a school, I know that I’m going to have to earn a job, but the most important thing is being comfortable and I just feel comfortable there.”
- And on the Buckeyes: “Coach (Urban) Meyer, (cornerbacks coach Kerry) Coombs, (defensive coordinator Greg) Schiano, (wide receivers coach) Zach Smith. I hear from them all the time. They always keep in contact.”
Miami, he said, is still in the mix — though the Hurricanes may have ground to make up now. They’ll have time, though. Campbell received his honorary U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey Friday in Plantation alongside two teammates — one of them being 4-star Miami defensive tackle commit Nesta Silvera — and they said they’ll all be signing together on National Signing Day in February. Campbell said he won’t even have a decision until after the Army All-American Bowl, which is scheduled for Jan. 6.
Campbell’s lengthy time away from the Hurricanes finally ended Sunday, however. The senior visited campus for the first time since April to watch Miami practice, according to a report by 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins. Silvera was down in Coral Gables with him, too, as was 4-star cornerback commit Gilbert Frierson, who showed some interest in the Bulldogs via Twitter on Saturday.
— GB3 (@_gbe2) September 30, 2017
Campbell won’t spend quite as long away from the Hurricanes this time. The defensive back already said he plans to be in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Nov. 11 when the No. 13 Hurricanes host No. 21 Notre Dame.
“I feel comfortable with them. Keeping in contact with them makes me feel comfortable,” Campbell said of the Hurricanes. “And it’s close to home, so that comfort’s always going to be there. I’ve been there plenty of times.”
Mark Pope leaves no doubt about commitment to Miami
Mark Pope knows he might have caused some brief concern in Miami fans when he made a trip to Gainesville, Fla., to watch then-No. 24 Florida beat then-No. 23 Tennessee on Sept. 16. It’s nothing to worry about, though, he told DieHards on Thursday in Miami. The 4-star wide receiver isn’t wavering from his “1,000-percent” commitment to the Hurricanes.
“All Miami,” he said after helping Miami Southridge High School to a 32-7 win against Miami Palmetto High School of Pinecrest, Fla.
Pope made the trip north with teammate Daquris Wiggins, a 3-star wide receiver committed to the Hurricanes. Two days earlier, both wide receivers simultaneously tweeted to firm up their commitment to their hometown school.
1000% Committed. Storm 1️⃣8️⃣ pic.twitter.com/y6iVO3zgbZ
— Mark Pope3️⃣ (@markpop10517405) September 14, 2017
1000% committed pic.twitter.com/r3ojIFEAx1
— 7k (@DeeDwiggins2) September 14, 2017
As of now, Pope isn’t planning to take game visits anywhere but Hard Rock Stadium. The nation’s No. 19 wideout and No. 85 player overall is among the large group of seniors planning to take their official visit to Miami on Dec. 15. He’s also taken at least two official visits to see the Hurricanes this year, once for their season-opening win against FCS Bethune-Cookman and once to see them practice in Orlando when he was returning home from Gainesville.
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