The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder from Woodbridge (Va.) Freedom sat in Kenan Stadium as both a recruit and a fan.
“I loved it,” Campbell said. “It was my first time visiting Chapel Hill and it was just a great experience.”
Campbell’s UNC fandom was passed down to him from his father. Campbell is unsure what connected his father to the Tar Heels, but that the love for everything UNC permeates throughout much of that side of the family.
“I really enjoyed it,” Campbell said. “I’ve only seen UNC games on TV, so going to one really opened up my eyes. Most visits I’ve go to, I haven’t cheered – I’ve just watched. Going to that game, I cheered.
“It came down to the end and I was getting a little scared there, but I had a feeling of wanting to be down on that field. I kind of knew North Carolina was going to come back and win.”
From a recruit standpoint, Campbell says it helped UNC’s chances.
“I don’t have a top five [schools list] or anything yet – my coach and I are still working on it – but North Carolina is very high up on my list,” Campbell said.
Campbell’s scholarship offer count is quickly approaching 20. Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Virginia, and Virginia Tech are just half of the schools that have offered. Meanwhile, schools like LSU are on the verge of following suit.
Most schools, including UNC, are recruiting Campbell as a three-technique (rush defensive tackle).
In the spring/summer, Campbell wants to narrow his focus to seven schools with the help of his coach and mother. He says there’s a 100-percent chance UNC makes the cut not only since he’s a Tar Heel fan but also because of his relationship with UNC’s coaches and players, and Saturday’s experience.
“The atmosphere was great,” Campbell said. “The fans, they don’t leave until the end of the game. The fans are incredible.”
Prior to Saturday’s kickoff, Campbell met briefly with Larry Fedora.
“He said he’s going to recruit me hard,” Campbell said. “He loves what I do. I like him as a coach and as a person.”
Campbell also spent time with UNC assistant coaches Gunter Brewer and Seth Littrell in the locker room following the game.
“Coach Littrell talked to my mom for a little bit, just so she could get to know him better,” Campbell said. “I think my mom really loved it down there. She also loved the fact that it’s only a three- or four-hour drive.”
Additionally, Campbell reconnected with former high school foes Malik Carney, Jeremiah Clark, and Caleb Henderson.
“They really talked to me about UNC” Campbell said. “I didn’t know that UNC had a bunch of DMV kids on the team. They were just telling me if I came down there I wouldn’t be alone, because I’d be around my area of people.”
Campbell and his mother have discussed returning to Chapel Hill for UNC’s next home game – homecoming against Pittsburgh on Nov. 15. He also plans to attend the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Nov. 29 and an upcoming Ohio State game.
Besides UNC, Campbell has visited Alabama, Maryland, Old Dominion, Ohio State, and Virginia.
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