The Florida Gators have an ongoing transition to their offense. It is an offense that has been mired in less than mediocrity for a few years, but there looks to be promise on the horizon. To get beyond the issues, the Gators are going to need players like George Campbell to be a part of that process.
The changes have been many. Florida has changed their offensive coordinator three times in four years, the same with the offensive line. And now, as the summer started, they made a new hire at receiver coach in six years. It wasn't a planned change but a change nevertheless.
The change at receiver coach for George is certainly on his mind. It's basically been the topic of conversation with he and Florida head coach Will Muschamp.
"I've talked to Coach Muschamp about the old Joker thing and what he feels about it, that was pretty much it," Campbell said Saturday afternoon. "He wasn't the main guy recruiting me, it is Coach Lewis and Coach T-Rob, but Coach Joker and I had a nice relationship and something we built over time."
Chris Leak has taken the receiver coaching position by the horns and run with it so far. Campbell knows him, but hasn't gotten to really know him just yet.
"I haven't talked to Coach Leak yet, but have talked to him before," Campbell said. Coach told me he is going to keep it real and evaluate Coach Leak, if he is the right guy for the job he will keep him there. If he isn't he will find the right person for the receiver coach."
Campbell said that won't factor too much into the equation for him moving forward.
"Not really," he said about who the receiver coach is. "I am not going to go to a place decided upon a coach, I can't let a coach determine where I will go."
Campbell dropped by spring ball and got to see what Florida is trying to do on offense. Kurt Roper has introduced a spread passing offense to the team and Campbell says he likes what he sees.
"It is a good offense," he said. "I think Coach Roper is doing a good job with it. He is trying to spread it out and wants the offense a little bigger."
With summer work to do with his team and maybe a national camp or two, Campbell will just wait to announce where he is going to school. The recruiting process as a whole isn't something he is fond of really talking about.
"I am thinking about doing it at the Under-Armour game," he said of his eventual announcement. "I think I will just cut (my list) down at the right time and when it is appropriate to do it."
It isn't easy to say no to the coaches that have put their time and effort into recruiting you. That is how Campbell sees it. I asked kiddingly if we could see 40 hats on the table when he goes to make a decision?
"I wish you could sometimes," he said with a chuckle. "I haven't had to say a no a lot this year, but it is hard when you have stuff like this (7on7 environment) going on and a lot of schools coming at you."