Campbell offered on first Tuscaloosa trip

Gabriel Campbell has added scholarship offers from both Mississippi SEC schools during unofficial visits, and he did the same at Alabama on Saturday. Nick Saban's news excited the defensive end prospect, who broke things down with BamaMag inside.

First impressions are everything in relationships, even when it comes to college football recruiting.

It was Gabriel Campbell's first time in Tuscaloosa on Saturday for the program's second big junior day of the cycle, and it seems like he approved of his first impression of the college town and program while Nick Saban's staff felt similarly about the class of 2015 defensive end out of Yazoo City (Miss.) High.

"It was great, I loved it," he said. "It was my first time there. The first thing that stood out was how big the team meeting room was. And the coaches.

"I love 'em, they're great."

Campbell, who measures in at 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, says several Crimson Tide coaches showed him attention on Saturday and some big news was delivered.

"They want me there and they love me and how I play," he said. "All the coaches were telling me that after Coach Saban offered me, I guess they didn't want to tell me before and give it away.

"Yes sir, they offered me."

The calculated junior tried not to show too much emotion after learning the news of his third SEC extension.

"I was happy and glad, but not overly excited," Campbell said. "I never get very excited, I'm always calm.

"But it's the same thing I've always thought (about Alabama), and that's that I love 'Bama. Only difference is they love me back."

There was a certain vibe at Alabama that resonated with the defensive end.

"I felt at home there, that's for sure," he said. "The coaches were great, I love their strength coach (Scott Cochran). He's very hype and I like that.

"But I don't know what it was, I just felt at home there."

In the grand scheme of the long recruiting process, Campbell isn't looking to convert his recent offer-momentum into an early commitment just yet.

"Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Alcorn (State) also offered," he said. "And all I can say now is that they are all leaders and I'm grateful and humble about it.

"They're the only ones who have offered and 'Bama is a leader as well and as of right now. I'm enjoying myself I will decide the senior year."

The logic behind the group of leaders for Campbell is quite simple.

"No favorites (between the schools that have offered), as far as I'm concerned right now I love them because they love me," he said.


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