What a great way to start the work week for Tennessee football fans! 3-star tight end Miles Campbell announced his commitment to the Volunteers on Twitter, Monday afternoon.
Campbell is ranked as the 478th player nationally and 20th best tight end. He hails from South Paulding High School in Douglasville, Georgia, where he caught 54 passes for 620 yards and seven touchdowns in his junior year. Campbell has been on the staff’s radar for quite some time, having first received an offer in January, before visiting at their February junior day. The staff turned up the heat in his recruitment, and Campbell decided to take advantage and announce his commitment.
What made the staff pinpoint Campbell as one of their top targets?
The main thing with Campbell is the potential. He is a kid who would’ve benefited greatly from summer camps, where he could show off his athleticism, while also picking up and refining some technique. Campbell is not a finished product—but he has all the tools to be a very well-rounded tight end.
For instance, one encouraging sign is Campbell’s blocking. HIs tape shows a very willing and even ferocious blocker. It’s just a matter of getting more reps at the position. When he gets his hands on a defender, he doesn’t give up until they are on the ground. At this level he can just overpower them, but at the next level he’ll need to be more consistent at getting leverage.
When it comes to receiving, Campbell is pretty similar to fellow Tennessee commit Roc Taylor. He shows off better acceleration and speed, and he burns plenty of defenders that don’t expect either. But his game isn’t as vertical at this point. In a lot of clips, Campbell looks more like a wide receiver than tight end. As mentioned above, a lot of the comfort with the tight end position will come from more reps and playing in a college program.
That will do it for Tennessee at the tight end position in the 2021 class. The Volunteers are at 22 commits overall, boasting the nation’s #2 team recruiting ranking by a healthy margin. With just a handful of spots open, the recruiting news will slow to a crawl over the next couple weeks. Now, it’s simply about who pulls the trigger first.