Campbell talks pledge to Army

Army received three verbal commitments Sunday. The pledges came from Luke West, Tank Scott, and Tyler Campbell bringing the number of known commitments in the 2015 recruiting class to 36 players (as of Sunday).

Tyler Campbell Profile

Tyler Campbell, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect from Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Ga, was the first of the three to commit to head coach Jeff Monken Sunday morning on an official visit. spoke with Campbell on his commitment to West Point.

"Everyone there had the chance to speak directly with Coach Monken," Tyler Campbell said. "Mine happened to be at 8 a.m. that Sunday. He said something during the conversation, I can't recall what it was specifically, but after he said it I felt like it was the right moment to commit. I told him I would be here for the next four years. He asked if I was committing to him and I said yes. I had planned on doing it at the end of the conversation anyway, but the timing felt right. He was ecstatic after I told him. He jumped up, gave my mother a big hug, and then shook my hand.

"I was leaning on going to West Point before the visit, but being there solidified that instantly. I fell in love with the place. The coaches, players, professors all have a great relationship with one another. It had the family type feeling I was hoping to see on the visit."

Campbell chose Army over offers from Air Force, Princeton, Stetson, and Yale. He gave strong consideration to the two Ivy League colleges making official visits to both in recent weeks, but the trip to West Point put the Black Knights over the top.

"We went out to the gun range the first night," he said. "It was pretty cool to shoot with the nine-time national champion pistol team. Another good experience was bowling Saturday with the whole team and the coaches. There was an all-star bowler in my lane who put us all to shame but it was a lot of fun."

Army began recruiting Campbell in April of last year. Brent Davis had a previous relationship with Campbell, having had recruited his older brother, Myles Campbell, to Georgia Southern.

"It was the second week of spring ball when I started talking talking with Coach Davis about Army," said Campbell. "Two and a half years ago he was recruiting my brother, so he was someone I already knew. I can't remember what he said about why they offered, just that they wanted me to play slotback for them.

"On Saturday (during the visit) we split up into groups with our position coaches and watched a little film with them. I have all the confidence in the world in Coach (Tucker) Waugh and Coach Davis."

Campbell began his high school career at quarterback, but transitioned to wide receiver his last two seasons at Peachtree Ridge. As he senior, he had more than 600 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns. He was named first team all-region, the Gwinnett County Touchdown Club Player of the Month in October, and was selected and played in the Gwinnett All-Star Football Game. Now he'll get to relax and wait for National Signing Day.

"The recruiting process can be fun but stressful," he said. "I'm kind of glad it's over with. My dad is definitely on board with my decision to attend West Point. My mom has her reservations at first on the military aspect but I think that they won her over on the visit.

"I'm excited for Signing Day in a couple of weeks. We'll be going to Taco Mac for a live radio broadcast with players from all over the county then back to my high school's auditorium for a ceremony for our players. In the spring, I'll be focusing on lifting and practicing with the track team. I'm going (to USMA) direct to I want to be prepared." Top Stories