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What the Mountaineers are getting with FSU transfer George Campbell

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Over the past couple of months, West Virginia has lost some key players via transfer including two at the wide receiver position with redshirt freshman Dillon Spalding heading to James Madison and leading returning receiver Marcus Simms entering his name into the portal.

Neal Brown and his staff have now picked up their 2nd wide receiver via transfer with the addition of former Florida State receiver George Campbell. Campbell was a consensus five star recruit in the 2015 recruiting class and pocketed offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas and Michigan.

Last night I reached out to Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times and his analysis on Campbell was intriguing to say the least. “George has a ton of talent. He was a legit five star in terms of athleticism, but was never much of a receiver. He had so many injuries at Florida State, so I don’t know what kind of college player he can be.” Baker said.

In three seasons with the Seminoles, he only tallied 13 receptions for 206 yards and has yet to notch his first collegiate touchdown. He appeared in two games in 2018, making four catches for 42 yards.

There is a tremendous amount of uncertainty with the amount of production he will give West Virginia, but his presence will add much needed depth to a room that lost David Sills V and Gary Jennings Jr. to the NFL and Marcus Simms and Dillon Spalding who left the program. Is he a number one, go-to target? Not very likely, but who knows? For instance, former Mountaineer defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow was a former five star recruit that battled injuries throughout his entire career at USC and found success when he transferred to West Virginia. Bigelow has since made it onto a roster in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and will fight for a spot on the 53-man roster come August.

Campbell originally decided in the winter that he would finish his collegiate career at Penn State, but decided to re-open his recruitment and ultimately chose West Virginia. He is considered a grad transfer and will have one year to play with immediate eligibility.

 

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