UNC Football Class of 2016 Signee: DT Kyree Campbell

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: PrepStar All-Atlantic Region • Named all-state and All-Met as a senior • Played in the Offense-Defense All-American Senior Bowl • Posted 12.5 sacks as a sophomore and was an all-5A North Region second-team selection • Helped his team reach the playoffs for the first time in the school's history in 2013 • Missed much of his junior year due to injury


RECRUITMENT: While growing up in northern Virginia, Campbell rooted for UNC – a trait passed down by his father. The fandom may not have granted the Tar Heels an advantage, but it helped in getting Campbell on campus for the first time, a thrilling 48-43 victory over Georgia Tech. After the season, he attempted to establish a finalist list with UNC, Ohio State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech leading the way. But he eventually unveiled a final dozen and planned on a fall decision. However, a late July visit to UNC with his mother changed those decision plans. At a ceremony at his high school in early August, he committed to UNC over fellow finalists Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

WHY CAROLINA: "North Carolina, I loved it. It’s a beautiful place. I get along with the people there. Coach [Larry] Fedora is a great guy, straightforward, and his attitude never changes – he’s the same dude. And that goes for the rest of the coaching staff. I built a great relationship with Coach [Tray] Scott."

EVALUATION: Campbell is a defensive tackle who generates a lot of power from his quick initial step. With that intial step, the 6-foot-3, 310-pounder will either knife into an interior gap or drive single blocks into the backfield. When rushing the passer, he has shown a good swim move to get to the QB. He uses quick, strong hands to grab and ward blockers on his way to the ball carrier.

HS COACH QUOTES: “They’re getting a genuine young man. They’re getting a young man who’s humble, a young man that’s pretty much had to work for a lot of things just based off how his living situation is, and quality player. They feel right away that he can contribute to [Gene] Chizik’s scheme and be a high contributor right away. And I know that’s something he’s looking forward to, too.” — Gary Wortham, Woodbridge HS

UNC DC GENE CHIZIK: “He gives us the ability to have that 6-3, 315-pound guy in the middle of the defense. And they’re really hard to come by - guys that are athletic and that can move at that size. There are not a lot of them out there, so we were really, really happy to get Kyree.”

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: While growing up in northern Virginia – not exactly Tar Heel territory – Campbell was an avid UNC fan, a trait that was passed down by his dad. … Read the full subscriber-only report

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