Christian Campbell became Tech's fifth commitment in its 2015 class on June 7, 2014. There was some speculation that he might jump ship if offered by hometown LSU, but he ultimately signed a letter of intent to join the Yellow Jackets.
As a Recruit
Campbell committed to Tech over offers from Arizona State, Cal and UL-Lafayette. He also received a lot of interest in him from LSU, but ultimately not enough to offer him. As I said earlier, there was a lot of speculation that Campbell would have jumped ship had they offered. As the season progressed, he also received some interest from other major P5 schools like Alabama and Texas A&M, according to 247Sports. Campbell is listed at 6'1" 189 lbs. and was rated as a three-star recruit by both Rivals (5.7) and 247Sports Composite (0.8650).
I love that his film starts off with his final stat line: Rushing - 1533 yards, 156 attempts, 25 TDs; Passing - 40 comps., 1001 yards, 13 TDs.
Watching his film was an interesting experience for me. When I watch film of prospects, I like to be able to compare them to a current or former player. With Campbell, I had a little bit more trouble because he reminds me of each of Tech's starting quarterbacks since CPJ has been here in some form or fashion. He's got close to the size (he'll definitely get to it) and toughness of Nesbitt. He's got the decision-making (as far as I could tell) and ice veins of Tevin Washington. His passing reminded me of what we thought Vad Lee was going to be for us (still not sure if that's good or bad). His speed is also up there with Justin Thomas.
One thing is clear though: he could very well be the best quarterback CPJ has had to work with at the Flats. The kid is an absolute playmaker who will make an impact, whether it be at quarterback, wide receiver or safety. But I definitely hope it's at quarterback.
What to Expect
If he stays at quarterback, he'll get a chance to compete for the starting job in 2017 as a redshirt sophomore with Matthew Jordan and possibly Jaylend Ratilffe and any other quarterback recruit we bring in. If he lives up to his expectations, he'll be a name that will be long-remembered on the Flats.
Congratulations on your commitment Christian! Welcome to the Flats!
Thoughts on Campbell's film? Could he be the best quarterback CPJ has had to work with at Tech? Will he make an impact at another position besides quarterback?