April 5, 2006

Campbell making the call

Franklin (Tenn.) wide receiver Todd Campbell will make his college decision at 1 p.m. EDT today and the announcement will have local appeal regardless of the school he chooses.

The finalists for the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder are Tennessee, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, all Southeastern Conference programs. That's not surprising considering that he lives in a suburb of Nashville, which is without a doubt an SEC city.

Campbell, however, is not originally from the Music City suburb. He was born and raised in Western Kentucky and grew up a University of Kentucky Wildcats fan. The Cats, however, are not among the finalists here.

It's a relatively deep year for talent in the Volunteer State and UT already has gotten in-state commits from Knoxville-area prospects Tyler Maples and Anthony Anderson. Both could potentially play wide receiver at the next level. During an earlier interview, Campbell spoke glowingly of the Volunteers and has had them as his leader from the moment he got a scholarship offer from UT.

The impression that most who have talked to Campbell get is that playing in front of nearly 110,000 in Neyland Stadium is somewhat of a dream for Campbell and that he will likely choose Tennessee. Recruiting coordinator Greg Adkins is the recruiter-of-record for the Vols.

Farrell's Forecast
Campbell, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, wants to play in an offense that throws the ball around quite a bit, and Vandy would have a real chance if Jay Cutler were a sophomore. But this one comes down to Fulmer vs. Spurrier.

You know the ball will be thrown around more and more at South Carolina once Spurrier gets his kind of personnel, and a fast wide receiver with tremendous leaping ability could do what Sidney Rice did this past season. However, Tennessee is the prediction here and it has little to do with geography.

Campbell grew up on Kentucky and was a Wildcats fan but moved to Tennessee for better competition. By the time Campbell arrives in Knoxville, he expects the passing game will be much better under David Cutcliffe and the chance to play early is excellent.

Forecast: Tennessee
Confidence Level: Medium
-- Rivals.com National Analyst Mike Farrell

Campbell grew up watching Steve Spurrier lead the Florida Gators to multiple SEC titles. He's seen countless wide receivers thrive in a Spurrier system and South Carolina offered him early, so that explains the interest in the Gamecocks. He recently made an unofficial visit to Columbia, S.C., to check out South Carolina, so the interest he has in the program is genuine. Gamecocks wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr., who recruits the entire state of Tennessee for Carolina, is the recruiter of record here. Spurrier Jr., has been particularly active in the Volunteer State this year as the Gamecocks have offered Nashville-are athlete Golden Tate and Memphis wide receiver Roderick Davis, among others. The thought here is that South Carolina did a nice job recruiting Campbell and has a chance, but most likely will not be the choice at the press conference.

Vanderbilt showing up in Campbell's top three is a tribute to the job head coach Bobby Johnson has done with that program. Campbell is high on the hometown Commodores and the success that Freshman All-American Earl Bennett had in Vanderbilt's offense this year has to have made Campbell take notice. In fact, Campbell has mentioned Bennett whenever he has been asked about Vandy. Still, Campbell is a prospect that seems to gravitate toward the brighter lights of the larger SEC programs and it would be an upset, though not a complete shock, if Vanderbilt gets his commitment today. Offensive coordinator Ted Cain is the recruiter-of-record for the Dores.

Stay tuned to Rivals.com for complete coverage of the Campbell announcement. Log on to RivalsRadio.com for streaming audio of the press conference.




 

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