Miami camp makes impression on 2018 star
American Heritage (Plantation) boasts arguably the finest collection of defensive backs in the country. 2017 CB Marco Wilson, along with 2018 prospects Patrick Surtain, Jr. and Tyson Campbell are all high priority targets for the Hurricanes in their respective classes.
Campbell, the 6-2, 180-pound defensive back, describes himself as, “athletic, tall, physical, fast, and a ball hawk, a playmaker”.
Do they Patriots have the absolute best secondary in the country? According to Campbell, it’s a no brainer.
“No doubt. We’re just a bunch of guys who want it. A bunch of ball hawks. We’re athletic and all versatile. We have the confidence that nobody is better than us,” he said.
Campbell says that schools like Oklahoma and UNC have offered which has caught his eye. He added that he has “high interest” from Ohio State, Michigan State, and UCLA.
Last Friday, his American Heritage squad made their way down to Coral Gables for the Mark Richt football camp. The experience turned out to be extremely positive for
Campbell despite the fact his team could not bring home the camp title.
“Coach Banda talked to me after and then Coach Richt told me ‘let’s build a relationship’,” said Campbell. “
“He told me to come down there more often and to bring my family down to take a tour of the school and just get real connected with them.”
As it seems like this Canes staff is doing frequently, they assured Campbell that he is a prospect that they think highly of.
“I feel like they’re really interested in me because they’re putting in the time to show me love and I really appreciate that.”
Campbell’s father also had time to meet Ephraim Banda.
“He was telling me how Coach Banda wanted me and he told my dad that he wants the south Florida DBs to stay home and feel comfortable about playing at UM, the hometown school,” Campbell said.
A factor that could come into play with Campbell is his tight-knit relationship with Canes cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph. Rumph coached Campbell for the last two seasons at American Heritage and was also his optimist coach.
“Coach Rumph is like a second father figure to me. He calls me and gives me advice and mentors me. Since I’ve been in school he’s always told me I can talk to him about anything and UM I still feel that way about him,” Campbell said. “He’s down to earth and real. He sees something in me and I really appreciate it.”
Campbell’s thoughts on Coach Mark Richt?
“He’s going to change that program. What he did at Georgia was just amazing and he told me he wants to get closer to me and build a bond.”
As for his teammate Marco Wilson, Campbell echoed what has been floating around as rumors.
“I feel like Miami and UF are going to be in his top five. I feel like he might stay in the state, but who know.”