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George Campbell (American football)

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George Campbell
Florida State Seminoles No. 11
Position Wide receiver
Class Freshman
Career history
High school East Lake High School
Personal information
Date of birth (1996-10-27) October 27, 1996 (age 19)
Place of birth Clearwater, Florida
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 197 lb (89 kg)
Career highlights and awards

George Campbell IV (born October 27, 1996) is an American football wide receiver for the Florida State Seminoles. He is rated as the tenth best player (and #1 rated athlete) by ESPN and as a top-10 wide receiver by and in the national high school class of 2015. He completed his junior season at East Lake High School during the 2013–14 school year. He committed to Michigan prior to his high school junior season, but decommitted following the season and is currently committed to FSU. He has also accepted an invitation to participate in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game.

High school[edit]

Son of Joyce Nix and George Campbell III, George, at the age of 5 and after his father's imprisonment, developed a close bond with his uncle Ahmad Jackson. Nix is a certified nurse.[1]


Before his freshman season, he nearly attended Clearwater Central Catholic High School, as well as IMG Academy, but decided to attend his zoned school, East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida. As a freshman he played varsity football for East Lake, but mostly on defense. He had 1 reception for a 26-yard touchdown, 2 interceptions and 81 tackles, including 2 forced fumbles.[2] That season East Lake compiled a 9–4 record before losing in the 2011 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 8A region final in overtime to Plant High School on December 2, 2011. Plant had won state championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009.[3][4][5] Plant went on to become state champion that year, marking four consecutive years it had reached a championship game.[6] Campbell accumulated statistics in 12 of the 13 games (not the November 4 game at Palm Harbor University High School).[2] He was named a MaxPreps 2011 U.S. Air Force Freshman All-American first team selection at linebacker,[7][8] although his true position was safety.[9] He was not selected to the Tampa Bay Times 2011 All-Suncoast Region Football team for Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties or even the Times 2011 All-Pinellas County football team.[10][11]


In 2012, East Lake improved to 11–2, but again lost in the FHSAA Class 8A region final, this time to Dr. Phillips High School on November 30 by a 31–21 margin.[12] In the first game of the season, when starter Artavis Scott injured his ankle, Campbell stepped in at wide receiver.[9] Later in the season, when the team struggled to get pressure on the quarterback, Campbell moved from safety to defensive end.[9] As a sophomore, his tackle total declined to 56,[2] but his 764 receiving yards earned him 27 major Division I scholarship offers.[1] His offers included Arkansas, Auburn, Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, Miami (FL), Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCF, UCLA, Vanderbilt, West Virginia.[13][14][15] East Lake junior offensive lineman Mason Cole committed to Michigan's class of 2014 on February 25,[16] which was one day before Cole was invited to participate in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[17] That year Campbell played basketball and ran track for East Lake before having surgery on his left wrist on April 19.[18] The following summer, he ran a 4.36 second 40 yard dash.[19] His 4.36 time was on artificial turf, while he was timed a 4.37 on grass on the same day. He was also measured at 37 inches (94.0 cm) in his vertical leap.[20] He was a second team All-Suncoast region and first team All-Pinellas County team selection.[21][22]


Prior to his junior season, he verbally committed to the University of Michigan where he would play for Michigan Wolverines football as a freshman for the 2015 team via Twitter.[23] At the time, he still attended East Lake High School, where he was about to play his junior year for the 2013 football team. At the time of his July 27, 2013 verbal commitment, he was ranked as the number one athlete and number three player in the class of 2015 by ESPN.[24][25][26] When released its first list of 5-star rated football players on August 12, 2013, Campbell was included among the 20 players listed and the only wide receiver included.[27] At the end of that summer prior to his junior year football season, he was one of two juniors selected to the 2013 USA Today preseason All-USA team.[28] He accepted an invitation to participate in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg before the end of October 2013.[1] The November 15 FHSAA Class 7A region quarterfinal that East Lake won 13–12 ended with an alleged punch by a Palmetto High School coach that left Campbell with a cut inside his mouth. Other players were involved in the altercation, which is being investigated by the FHSAA.[29] On November 19, 2013, ESPN moved Campbell up to the number two overall position in the class of 2015. This moved him ahead of Kevin Toliver II, but he remained behind Jashon Cornell.[30] In Campbell's third time in the FHSAA, East Lake finally got past the regional finals (defeating Port Charlotte High School),[31][32] only to lose the following week on December 6, 2013, in the state semifinals in overtime to Dwyer High School 31–24, despite a 65-yard touchdown reception by Campbell.[33][34] Following the season, Campbell decommitted from Michigan on December 13.[35]


He subsequently named the 10 schools he was considering, while excluding Michigan on July 28, 2014. The 10 schools were LSU, Alabama, Florida, FSU, Georgia, Clemson, UCLA, Ole Miss, Auburn, and Maryland.[36] On September 5, he selected Florida State.[37]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
George Campbell
Tarpon Springs, Florida East Lake (FL) 6 ft 3.25 in (1.91 m) 186.5 lb (84.6 kg) 4.4 Sep 5, 2014 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 90
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 55, 7 (WR)   Rivals: 35, 4 (WR), 10 (FL)  ESPN: 10, 1 (ATH), 5 (FL)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.



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  3. ^ "Football: 2012-13 Championship Records" (PDF). p. 6. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  4. ^ "East Lake High School". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  5. ^ "Football: Plant 28, East Lake 21 (OT, with video)". 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
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  8. ^ Spiewak, Stephen (2012-01-06). "MaxPreps 2011 U.S. Air Force Freshman All-American Football Teams". MaxPreps. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
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  11. ^ "Times' 2011 all-Pinellas County football team". 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
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  14. ^ "#11 George Campbell". Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
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  17. ^ Putnam, Bob (2013-02-26). "East Lake's Mason Cole, Artavis Scott to play in Army All-American game". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  18. ^ Putnam, Bob (2013-04-08). "East Lake's George Campbell to miss spring with broken wrist". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
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  21. ^ "Times' all-Pinellas football team". 2012-12-22. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  22. ^ "Times' all-Suncoast football". 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
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  25. ^ "Michigan lands top athlete of 2015 class". ESPN. 2013-07-27. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
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  28. ^ "2013 Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA High School Football Team". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  29. ^ Putnam, Bob (2013-11-18). "FHSAA to investigate postgame brawl at East Lake game". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  30. ^ Luginbill, Tom and Craig Haubert (2013-11-19). "Breaking down the ESPN Junior 300: New names at the top and a few under-the-radar players make moves". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  31. ^ Sharp, Darek (2013-11-30). "Football: East Lake 49, Port Charlotte 15". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  32. ^ Maffezzoli, Dennis (2013-11-29). "East Lake pounds Pirates, 49-15 in 7A-3 final". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  33. ^ Putnam, Bob (2013-12-07). "Football: Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer 31, East Lake 24 (OT)". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  34. ^ Horchy, Eric (2013-12-07). "Football: Late East Lake rally falls short". Suncoast News. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
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  36. ^ Leigh, Brian (2014-07-28). "5-Star WR Recruit George Campbell Names Top 10 Schools". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  37. ^ Tyson, Derek (2014-09-05). "George Campbell commits to FSU". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 

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