Vols Corral Texas DB Corey Campbell

Tennessee's track team turned out to be the inside track for the Vols when it came to landing Spring Westfield High School standout safety Corey Campbell.

Rated the nation's No. 8 safety prospect, Campbell (6-3, 200, 4.39) committed to Tennessee today from his high school in Houston, Texas, where he called Vols secondary coach Larry Slade to inform him of his decision.

"Corey committed to Tennessee this morning," Westfield head coach Ronnie Lynch told The Insiders David Garvin on Tuesday afternoon. "I had coaches from Arkansas, Iowa State and Arizona in here this morning and told them all he was committing to Tennessee. He picked up the phone and called (Vol assistant) Larry Slade and told him he was coming."

Campbell made his visit to Tennessee last weekend where he was impressed by the environment, the facilities and the people he met. As an added bonus, he also saw snow for the first time in his life.

"It was great and I mean everything was great," said Campbell of his official visit on Monday. "The campus is great, the stadium is huge, and the people are so nice and they told me everything I needed to know. Plus, I saw snow for the first time. That was pretty cool. Right now, Tennessee is my leader."

The more Campbell thought about things, the more he realized Tennessee was the place for him. The picture became clear when he found out he be allowed to run track the Vols.

"Tennessee told him that he could run track also," Lynch said of the splendid sprinter. "Corey's working 10 hours a day at Houston Intercontinental Airport after school. He wants to make enough money by March so he can quit and devote his full time to track this spring."

Playing primarily at free safety this season, Campbell recorded 55 tackles with two interceptions, two fumbles recoveries, six tackles for losses, five pass breakups, three caused fumbles and two sacks. As a junior playing in the rugged District (15-5A), Campbell had nine interceptions and 46 solo stops. He finished his career with 15 interceptions.

Campbell has the speed, quickness and agility to play any spot in the secondary and could earn early playing time in Tennessee's secondary rotation this fall.

Campbell's commitment eases the expected loss of junior college corner Reynaldo Hill who visited Florida last weekend and lists the Gators as his leaders. Tennessee is also a contender for his Dodge City Community College counterpart at corner, Donald DeFrand, who visited the Vols this weekend and is expected to choose between Nebraska and the Vols.

It's still not clear if Campbell's commitment means he won't be making his scheduled visit to LSU this weekend. He was supposed to begin his visit in Baton Rogue on Thursday in order to return to his school in time for the football team's banquet.


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