Kevin White. David Sills V. George Campbell. They all have their own journey, but one thing is common – West Virginia is where they made their mark. Well for Campbell, it’s the start of what could be another special story made in Morgantown.
Kevin White was an overlooked junior college recruit that only held offers from Texas Tech and West Virginia, while having interest from Hawaii and Bowling Green. White exploded onto the scene in the season opener vs Alabama in 2014 hauling in nine receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown. The rest was history. He went onto finish the season as the teams leading receiver (109 receptions, 1,447 yards, 10 TD) and was named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. Following his senior year he went onto be drafted 7th overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2015 NFL Draft. Since joining the NFL, he’s been battling injuries left and right, but he was one of the nations biggest threats when at WVU.
The story of David Sills V is one we’ve all heard roughly a million times, but it’s still crazy to think how a once, 13-year old quarterback commit to Lane Kiffin and USC goes on to be the nation’s best red zone threats as a receiver at West Virginia. Sills V wasn’t expected to produce at such a high level, but he surprised everyone and he himself was named a Biletnikoff finalist in 2017.
For current senior receiver George Campbell, he’s now looking to follow White and Sills’ footsteps in becoming another great story. Coming out of high school, he was perceived as one of the best receivers in the nation and was rated a five-star recruit by some recruiting outlets. Campbell struggled to see the field at Florida State due to some injuries and various other factors, but that won’t be the case in 2019 as a Mountaineer.
Campbell met with the media yesterday and discussed how the transition has gone thus far. “The opportunity that I have just to get away from Florida and to come up here and just put in the work and I knew that if I came up here and worked that good things could happen. I love the teammates that I have here, I love the coaching staff because they’re all for you and I feel like I can do a lot of good things for this team,” he said.
Early in the third quarter in last weeks game vs James Madison, quarterback Austin Kendall hit Campbell in the end zone for a 28-yard touchdown to give the Mountaineers their first lead of the game, 10-7 with 12 minutes remaining in the third quarter. He spoke on what that moment was like and what’s next to come, “I’m definitely happy to score that first touchdown and I don’t want to think too far ahead or get too big on this one touchdown. I just want to come back next week and work and contribute to the team in whatever way I can help,” Campbell says.
That touchdown catch would be the only reception he tallied on the day, but it opened the lid on what’s to come for Campbell in 2019. Sometimes, it’s just about getting that first one out of the way that gives guys a confidence boost. I would expect Campbell to be targeted more often in this weeks matchup at Missouri.
Now, whether or not Campbell is Biletnikoff worthy by seasons end is to be determined, but one thing is for certain, he will make the most of his opportunity in Morgantown.
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