Va. DB Commits to UNC

On the heels of dropping one name off their verbal commitment list, North Carolina received a pledge from Curtis Campbell.

"I just woke up and was like ‘Yeah, I'm going to go ahead and [commit],'" Campbell said. "Everybody has been asking me ‘Who's your favorite, who's your favorite,' and it has always been UNC. So I was like ‘I might as well commit – there's no point in waiting.'"

Campbell, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound defensive back from Chesapeake (Va.) Grassfield, orally committed to UNC over a Connecticut scholarship offer and strong interest from Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

"I liked the proximity from home – and my family is going to be moving down there after I graduate – and I've always wanted to go to UNC," Campbell said. "When I was growing up, my favorite sport was basketball so I always loved UNC… So I always wanted to go there."

In July, Campbell unofficially visited UNC during the Tar Heels' Seven-on-Seven Team Camp. Before he left campus, Campbell and his father sat down with Butch Davis where he was extended a UNC scholarship offer.

"[Davis] said he liked my size and speed and they could make me into a real good safety," Campbell said. "He also said I could play some offense and probably run the ball a little bit for them. Just off the five games [of highlight film], he said he thought I was special. So he offered me."

Due to a leg injury, Campbell participated in only five games during his junior football season. In the limited action, he recorded one interception and returned a kick for a touchdown. In addition to starting at safety, Campbell received backup reps at wide receiver and running back.

Campbell called Kenny Browing, his primary recruiter, and verbally committed to him on Wednesday. He then proceeded to contact Everett Withers and Davis and informed both of his decision.

"They congratulated me," Campbell said. "They were happy, they were excited."

Campbell also excels in track where he runs the 200- and 400-meter. His best times are 21.4 seconds in the 200 and 47.2 seconds in the 400.

He said he is considering participating in track at UNC.

During the summer, Campbell camped at James Madison and Virginia Tech, where he said he impressed both coaching staffs with his performance, and his combination of size and speed.


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