UNC Looking Hard at Another LB Sleeper

Shane Mularkey wasn't the only sleeper prospect at linebacker that caught the attention of the North Carolina coaching staff during UNC's one-day camp. Although he didn't receive an immediate offer like Mularkey, August Campbell shot up UNC's recruiting board with his performance last month.

"Coach [Tommy] Thigpen says I have the ability to become a great linebacker," Campbell said. "He loved my speed at the camp. And I shut down everyone [that] I went against in one-on-ones.

"He said it could be only a matter of time [before I receive a UNC offer]."

A native of Freeport, Bahamas, Campbell came to the United States to play baseball – and still is a solid baseball prospect. The 6-foot-2, 194-pounder picked up football his sophomore season at Arden (N.C.) Christ School and earned all-conference honors.

At that time, Campbell began to receive letters from Georgia Tech and LSU.

Campbell was named to the all-conference team again following his junior season. On the year, he recorded 81 tackles (69 solo) including eight for a loss and five sacks, and seven QB hurries. He also intercepted three passes, returning two for scores, broke up five passes, and forced two fumbles.

As expected, Campbell's recruiting stock increased, with new interest coming from Clemson, Colorado, Illinois, Marshall, Minnesota, UNC, NC State, and Tennessee.

UNC has been among the schools recruiting Campbell the hardest.

"From the beginning of my junior year I've been receiving letters from UNC," Campbell said. "… They loved me at the camp and they loved my film." Campbell has also camped at NC State, who is also recruiting him "pretty hard."

Duke, though, is the only school to extend Campbell a scholarship offer.

"I guess coaches want to see me play more," Campbell said. "I guess they hesitate [on offering] because I've only been playing [football] for two years."

Campbell doesn't have a solid leader or list of favorite schools.

"Right now, I like any school that likes me," Campbell said. "But, Duke is a hard offer to give up. Chapel Hill and Duke are neck and neck, but Duke is ahead just because they offered. And I also like Coach [David] Cutcliffe."

If UNC offers Campbell, things could get interesting.

"I love everything about Chapel Hill – the facilities, coaches, and just the community in general and for sure the uniforms," Campbell said.

"I'm not afraid to commit to Chapel Hill if offered, but I'm also not afraid to wait and take another visit to the campus and actually talk to Coach [Butch] Davis."

Campbell is currently visiting family in the Bahamas until mid-August. Ideally, he'd like to make a verbal commitment before he returns to Arden.

"I want to feel comfortable at a college," Campbell said. "With coaches I can talk to anytime who actually teach the game piece-by-piece."

Everyone is recruiting Campbell as a linebacker. However, some schools have mentioned the possibility of him bulking up more in college and playing defensive end after a year or two.

"Some schools have said they love my burst off the line," Campbell said.

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