A recurring series where we will profile every player on Maryland's roster, counting down to kick-off against William & Mary on September 1. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we profile a former four-star recruit.
Devonte Campbell, Senior (RS), Tight End, #34
Major: Family Science
Collegiate Stats: Ten receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns, two rushes for one yard, two kickoff returns for 24 yards
High School Stats (Senior Year): 31 receptions for 1,145 yards and 13 touchdowns, 72 tackles, four sacks, and three interceptions
Recruiting Ratings: Four stars by Rivals (#5 in Md., #15 TE), ESPN (#12 TE), three stars by Scout (#34 TE)
High School: Forestville Military Academy
Hometown: Forestville, Md.
High School Highlights:
None that we could find.
How'd He Get to College Park?
Devonte Campbell was one of the bigger recruiting coups in the Ralph Friedgen era, and also one of the bigger flops (so far). He's been a serviceable player, but nothing close to what was expected on him (more on that later).
A big time recruit coming out of high school, Friedgen and co. beat out three of the best recruiters in the country in Mike Locksley and Illinois, Greg Gattuso and Pittsburgh, and Larry Johnson of Penn State (two down, one to go?) to land the tight end from Forestville.
Campbell, who started at tight end and linebacker during his last two years of high school, was first team All-Met and was named a SuperPrep All-American after his senior year, and also averaged 22 points per game on the basketball team.
After Forestville, Campbell spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy, presumably due to academic issues. He had a fairly good year there, but there were questions raised about his size, and we honestly don’t have access to that many statistics at the military academies. Campbell recommitted to College Park after his year there, and headed to Maryland.
After enrolling early and redshirting his first year, Campbell played in ten games during his freshman season, including four straight starts at the end of the year. As a sophomore, he suffered a knee injury that limited his involvement, and only played in five games with one catch.
Last year, Campbell had his most involvement in the offense since his freshman year, playing in all twelve games for the first time and catching four passes for a career-high 45 yards, including his first two touchdown grabs.
Devonte "Soup" Campbell
Catching two touchdown passes last year.
Being third on the depth chart at tight end during his fifth year.
Campbell becomes a viable option at tight end, topping triple digits in receiving yards for the first time in his career.
Limited playing time as a third tight end.
Devonte Campbell is listed as the back-up tight end on Maryland's depth chart, behind Matt Furstenburg. Dave Stinebaugh is down at fourth due to an injury, but given past playing time for all parties considered, you can reasonably expect Campbell to fall down to third.
While Campbell has been a disappointment in his Maryland career, he hasn't been a bad player by any stretch of the imagination. He's been useful as an H-Back, and his athleticism will certainly come into play this year.
With Locksley's new system coming in, we can't know too much about how much Campbell will be used, or even where. He's shown enough flexibility to play tight end, full back, and even wide receiver, but with a fair amount of depth at each (besides fullback, and that's not exactly a full time viable option for Campbell), there's not really a place for him to get consistent playing time.
Campbell should see some time as a reserve tight end, but with the amount of experience and talent present in the two guys in front of him, don't expect too much. We've already done that once.
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