Receiver George Campbell will leave Florida State to round out his career at Penn State. PHOTO COURTESY OF FLORIDA STATE ATHLETICS
The transfer portal taketh away. It also giveth to teams in need.
Penn State got some receiver help from the transfer market today when Florida State wideout George Campbell announced he will be transferring to the Nittany Lions in 2019.
It’s no secret that the last four years have been full of highs and lows for me, but I’ve always been told that “tough times don’t last, tough people do”. While I will forever be grateful… https://t.co/VKEHYG76o6
— Dream Team 1️⃣ (@GeorgeCampbell0) February 20, 2019
You may have heard of Campbell before. He was one of the most heralded players in the nation in the 2015 recruiting class, a five-star prospect who some recruiting services ranked among the top 10 high school seniors in the nation. But he developed a hip injury in 2016 that required surgery, and he missed all but a handful of games as a sophomore in 2017 due to some rare complications from the surgery. He wound up playing in seven games as a junior last season, making four catches for 42 yards. In his Florida State career, he caught 13 passes for 206 yards.
Penn State was actually a bit of a player in Campbell’s recruitment early on during his high school days in Tarpon Springs, Fla., and clearly, that relationship head coach James Franklin and his staff built with the 6-foot-4, 207-pound Campbell withstood the test of time. What impact he can have at Penn State remains to be seen, but Campbell could provide a steady veteran presence in a receivers room that is trending quite young. His leadership is unquestioned, even through his own physical problems, and it could be just the kind of thing the younger receivers need to get to the next level.
FSU wide receivers coach David Kelly said.
“George Campbell is a tremendous individual who’s going to be extremely successful in life after football,” Florida State receivers coach David Kelly told The Tallahassee Democrat last summer. “He has that personality, he has that attitude, he has that work ethic, he has that intellectual ability.”