Vols vying for 2nd 5-star WR in '15

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Few things could be better for the future of the Tennessee 's passing game than signing Preston Williams.

Williams is rated Scout's No. 1 wide receiver in the country and the No. 11 player in the Class of 2015.

However, adding a five-star recruit to work the other side of the field could turn the Vols' vertical game from being attractive to downright sexy. That's where George Campbell comes into play.

Campbell is the No. 16 junior in the nation and is all for having someone help draw defensive backs away from him.

"Playing with an elite player is something I was doing last year in high school," Campbell told InsideTennessee. "Doing that it helps out both you guys, it gets you both open and gets you both looks. So, I think that's something big that I would like to do."

The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder mentioned having as his teammate last fall at East Lake (Fla.) High School was four-star senior Artavis Scott (Clemson commit).

With Williams firmly pledged, the Orange & White may sign just one other pass catcher amongst the '15s. However, don't expect a decision anytime soon from the one-time Michigan commit.

"Recruiting is at the back of my mind right now," said Campbell, who only visited Ann Arbor last fall. "I haven't talked to any coaches since I decommitted. What I'm really focus on is my football team and me doing what I have to do to get another ring.

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"That's what I really want. That's one of my goals for my high-school career. I'm trying to focus on that and recruiting will come afterwards.

"I think it will be late or Signing Day (on a declaration) because I really want to get a ring with my team and my boys. They're depending on me so that's something I'm thinking about it."

In the 2013 FHSAA Class 7A state semifinals, Campbell was held to one catch for a 65-yard touchdown in a 31-24 overtime loss to eventual champion Dwyer.

Spearheading the recruitment of the five-star is Tennessee wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, but the two are still getting to know one another.

"Good coach and pretty much developing receivers," Campbell said.

Between all hands on deck to secure the pledge of senior wide receiver Josh Malone soon followed by the dead period, Azzanni and Campbell haven't spoken much.

"No, I haven't. I've talked to him a couple times and that was pretty much it. It went from there," said Campbell, who ranked in at No. 39 in the initial Scout 300.

Michigan and Tennessee are joined by the powerhouse in-state schools pursuing Campbell. Expect more to throw their hat in the ring. The five-star says the Vols have as good of a chance as anyone to get his signature.

"I mean every school has a chance. I opened it up for a reason to evaluate every school and all my options. So, they'll definitely have a chance.

"I'll sit down with my family and we'll evaluate it and we'll decide from there."

At the Under Armour Combine on Jan. 2, the Tarpon Springs, Fla., native clocked a hand-held 40-yard dash time of 4.35 seconds and his best laser timing was 4.57 seconds. Out of 153 participants, Campbell notched the best 5-10-15 shuttle time at 4.07 seconds.

"It was great," Campbell said. "That's what I came out here to do is compete and bring the dog out of other kids and them bring it out in me. It's something we just want to do is compete."

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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