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January 1, 2014

Campbell is back on the market

When he decommitted from Michigan in mid-December, Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake 2015 wide receiver George Campbell left a big hole in the U-M recruiting class. The 6-4, 190-pounder is a five-star and the No. 7 player in the nation. The third player to pledge to the 2015 U-M class became the first to pull back from the Wolverines.

Michigan is not out of the running, though. The Wolverines are still in the mix for his services, thanks in no small part to a commitment from his friend and high school teammate Mason Cole. Cole will be a student in Ann Arbor just days from now, and is continuing to put in a good word for the Maize and Blue.

"It was pretty much just me talking to my family and weighing out everything," Campbell said of the reasons for decommitting. "We were just feeling like it was the best thing for us. Slow it down and bring it to my own pace and control it myself. I want to just look at every school that comes and open up my options.

"Michigan is still in the mix. [With Cole], that's something he does. Even though when I decommitted he was kind of upset, but at the same time he understood. As a friend, he's still pulling for me to come for Michigan. He pretty much gave me some good advice on that recruitment. Pretty much saying, 'hey, Go Blue,' and 'you know where home is.'"

With a clean slate in his recruiting process, Campbell has dozens of options back in play. More than 20 schools have offered him, including in-state powers Florida and Florida State.

"I've opened up my options for everybody; Everything is open," he said. "I haven't set any plans for visits yet, but I plan to sit down with my head coach and my parents and just weigh it out there."

East Lake's season ended on a disappointing note with a 31-24 loss to Palm Beach Dwyer in the 7A state semifinals, ending an undefeated run. With that in mind, Campbell is more focused on improving himself and his team than the recruiting process.

"That [Dwyer game], that was a big heartbreaker," he said. "I think that brought us together, and we have a lot of underclassmen with me. I think we're going to try to bring the season up next year and just try to do something we did this year but even more. As a team, we're a great team, and we've still got some work to do. We're not finished and we want to make another run. As a player, I'm trying to get a ring. I'm grinding every day and doing the things I have to."

Although Campbell doesn't know who will stay in the mix for his services until the end, Michigan, Florida State, Florida, and Clemson are a few of the programs to watch. He's planning to avoid making a decision too early the second time around, and should be on the market for a while.


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