At a press conference following Woodbridge High’s preseason practice, Campbell, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle, selected UNC over fellow finalists Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He received scholarship offers from each of the aforementioned, plus many other schools.
Campbell had planned to announce his decision on Oct. 29, the week of the Woodbridge-Freedom rivalry game. But after visiting Chapel Hill last Thursday with his mother, he moved his announcement to Monday. The visit was his mother’s first to the campus.
Campbell, on the other hand, has made a handful of trips to UNC, including the Tar Heels’ 40-35 victory over Pittsburgh last fall, the junior day held in conjunction with the basketball game against Duke, and Fedora’s Freak Show. After the Freak Show, Campbell not only admitted that UNC was his favorite school, but that he nearly committed during the exclusive event.
Campbell is UNC’s first defensive tackle and 15th overall commitment of the 2016 class – and the third from the “DMV” (i.e. greater Washington, D.C.).
In addition to growing up a Tar Heel fan, UNC’s pipeline to the DMV was paramount to Campbell’s decision. He is close with current Tar Heels Malik Carney, Jeremiah Clarke, Caleb Henderson, and M.J. Stewart – all DMV products.