Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Today, we discuss 3-star receiver Jarek Campbell, who’s feeling the call to stay home after his visit to the Orange and White game.
When it comes to factors for individual players’ recruitment, there’s arguably no more polarizing aspect that staying close to home.
For some recruits, it’s a must and seriously limits the schools that have a chance while for others, going hundreds and sometimes even thousands of miles away from home is exactly what they want.
While it may not be a must in his case, 3-star Riverdale (Tenn.) receiver Jarek Campbell is feeling a lot closer to the former than the latter in that case after his April visit to Knoxville for the Orange and White game.
“I would like to be in state,” Campbell said. “[I liked] just the coaching staff and like the culture of [Tennessee].”
Campbell, the nation’s No. 123 receiver and the No. 25 player in Tennessee, was already highly familiar with the Vols before his April spring game visit, though. Not only was this his second Orange and White game in as many seasons, it was also his second visit of the spring to go along with visits for both the Florida and Alabama games last season.
Campbell has made quite a few visits over the last two years to a variety of schools including SEC foes Auburn and Kentucky, as well as Louisville, but those visits haven’t quite produced a ton of offers yet. Louisville didn’t extend an offer until early March when it became just the fourth school to give the Murfreesboro, Tenn. native an offer. His other two offers have come from Kentucky and Memphis.
Even so, Campbell has high aspirations for the college he selects as he hopes to have an immediate effect.
“If I can fit in there, like the best place for me to go,” Campbell said of the traits he looks for in a school. “I want to go somewhere I’ll enjoy it, get to play early.”
Louisville is definitely Tennessee’s biggest threat thus far as the Cardinals have shown a lot of interest as well.
“They like me, they show a lot of interest in me,” Campbell said. “I like the town, the coaching staff, the facilities and stuff like that.”
Vols offer top 2019 quarterback
Tennessee may have landed its top 2018 quarterback target in Adrian Martinez, but its 2019 quarterback board has been very thin.
It widened by just a little bit on Thursday when the Vols extended an offer to 4-star Houston, Tex. quarterback Grant Gunnell.
— Grant Gunnell (@grantgunnell5) May 18, 2017
Gunnell, the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and No. 53 overall player in the country according to 247Sports for the Class of 2019, joins pro-style passer Spencer Rattler, the No. 58 player in the class, and Bo Nix, the No. 133 player in the class, as the only 2019 quarterbacks with an offer from the Vols.
Gunnell has already amassed 29 offers including Florida State, Nebraska, Texas A&M, LSU and Alabama. It’s no wonder, either, given that entering his sophomore season, he’s already thrown for 6,408 yards and 87 touchdowns to just 15 interceptions all while completing 67.3 percent of his passes at St. Pius X.
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