West Virginia has landed in finalist positions with a handful of 2023 recruits in the last couple of weeks, and an already full class could continue to get even bigger. One of those potential commits is Amare Campbell.
Campbell, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound three-star linebacker from Unity Reed High School in Manassas, Virginia, narrowed his list of offers from Charlotte, Connecticut, Coastal Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, James Madison, Liberty, Marshall, Maryland, Norfolk State, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Virginia, West Virginia, Wake Forest and William & Mary to a top three of WVU, UNC and Maryland.
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With official visits to both West Virginia (June 22-24) and North Carolina (June 24-26) over the last weekend of June, Campbell was able to see his top two schools back to back. If he was looking for a good comparison, he got one.
In building a relationship with West Virginia, Campbell’s bond with special teams coordinator/inside linebackers coach Jeff Koonz has grown since originally being offered in December of 2021 and making an unofficial visit out to Morgantown in April.
While Campbell didn’t make an official visit to Maryland, he’s seen enough to list Maryland as one of his three contenders. He also made an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech in June, despite not yet holding an offer.
As a junior defensive leader on Unity Reed’s 6-6 squad in Virginia’s Western conference, Campbell flashed his versatility as a do-it-all linebacker that can come off the edge to rush the quarterback, drop back in coverage to shadow running backs and tight ends and a nose for the ball in pursuit out of the defensive backfield.
247Sports rates Campbell as the 100th-ranked linebacker and the 39th-ranked recruit from Virginia while Rivals rates him as the 31st-ranked recruit from Virginia — holding a 5.5 Rivals Rating.
WVU has already picked up commitments from four-star linebacker James Heard (Camden, New Jersey), four-star linebacker Josiah Trotter (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and three-star linebacker Ben Cutter (Denver, North Carolina) in the class, so the class is pretty full, but Campbell would be a strong cap.
Campbell has set a commitment date for Aug. 24, with a location and time yet to be announced.