BEAVERTON, Ore. — LSU’s defensive backs board has taken shape in recent weeks, and while elite corners such as Patrick Surtain Jr. and Anthony Cook have continued to receive ample attention from the coaching staff, the Tigers have lost ground on another elite target.
Tyson Campbell has remained in regular communication with LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, but the 4-star defensive back capable of playing both corner or safety at the next level indicated that the Tigers are beginning to trail schools such as Ohio State, Alabama and Miami in his recruitment.
“Coach Corey hits me up almost daily … maybe more than that, but Corey is the only one really hitting me up,” Campbell said at Nike’s “The Opening” finals in Oregon. “LSU is starting to fall down the list. I feel like he is the only one interested [in me] instead of the whole school. I know that you can’t go to a school because of one coach, but you want to have that interest from the whole school and the whole coaching staff, and I just don’t feel that.”
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Florida native was close to committing to either Miami or LSU earlier this spring. Ohio State has since asserted itself in the race for Campbell, who is unsure of a timeline to make a decision but likely will hold off until he can take some more visits.
LSU is in the mix to host Campbell again — potentially for an official visit — and admitted that his recruitment is still open and that the Tigers have room to climb back up the ranks.
“They can [get back in the mix],” Campbell said. “I’m still open. I don’t have any leaders right now and I’m just taking my time.”
LSU holds commitments from three defensive backs in its 2018 recruiting class: Kelvin Joseph, Nadab Joseph and Ar’Darius Washington. The Tigers remain in front for Campbell’s teammate, Surtain, and are in a strong position to make Cook’s final three in the next few weeks.
Campbell is a top-30 prospect in the 2018 class and the No. 3 corner, per the 247Sports composite rankings.