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UNC DT Commit Kyree Campbell Stuck on Carolina

DT pledge is set to officially visit UNC, but is considering an official trip elsewhere.

North Carolina pledge Kyree Campbell is toying with the idea of officially visiting another school.

“I was thinking about South Carolina, because Will Muschamp has contacted me and I liked Muschamp when he recruited me at Auburn,” Campbell said. “He’s a great coach and even though he was just hired there I have a great relationship with him. 

“But, I’m really stuck on [North] Carolina. So, I don’t think there’s really anything anybody can do to change my mind.”

Campbell, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle from Woodbridge (Va.), committed to UNC over South Carolina (as well as Alabama, Auburn, and Tennessee) in early August.

Outside of UNC and South Carolina, Campbell says he’s not entertaining any other official visits.

A date hasn’t been scheduled for Campbell’s possible South Carolina official trip. But, he is set to officially visit UNC the weekend of Jan. 15.

“Really, I’m just trying to hang with my future teammates more,” Campbell said of his UNC official trip. “I want to get that bond so that when I get there I’m not an outsider. So, I’m just going down there to have fun and chill.”

Since committing, Campbell attended four games at UNC – wins over North Carolina A&T, Illinois, Duke, and Miami.

“It was very different [visiting as a commitment],” Campbell said. “[The fans] treated me like I was already there, which I really enjoyed. 

“The coaches it wasn’t much different – they showed me love [before I committed] and they show me love now.

“For me, I was just picturing myself there, just looking around, and just thinking about in my mind that this was going to my home for the next four or five years.”

Campbell caught the rest of UNC’s 11-3 season from the comforts of his home.

“They had a great season,” Campbell said. “A bunch of people doubted them. But what Coach [Gene] Chizik did to the defense was great – I knew he was going to do it. As a whole, we could have done better – there were some close games like South Carolina and then Clemson where I believe we got cheated on [the offsides penalty on] that onside kick. But overall, we had a great season. When I went down to the All-American Game and players were asking me where I committed, most of them said they had [a UNC] offer and they should have went.”

The tenth annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl is the All-American Game Campbell referenced. In the contest, Campbell captained and started for the American Team, which won, 37-34.

“They ran it like a college basically,” Campbell said. “They kept telling us that they were getting us ready for college and that college basically started at that All-American Game. There was a lot of competition – everyone down there were going to D1 schools.”

Before heading to Daytona Beach for the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl last week, Campbell’s focus was his senior season at Woodbridge. He ended that campaign with 62 tackles, including 18 for a loss and six sacks, plus two interceptions and three blocked kicks. Those stats earned him a spot on the Washington Post’s All-Met First Team.

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