Great academics, tradition, great athletics and coaching consistency; these criterion make up the perfect university for Freedom High School's Kyree Campbell. A four-star defensive end in the 2016 recruiting class from Woodbridge, Va., according to the 247sports composite, Campbell has received offers from Maryland, Ohio State, Florida State and Michigan among others. He says many of the schools that offered him fit his criteria.
When asked if he could name his top five schools Campbell said: "Not really, because there's a bunch of them that I'm loving."
Campbell, a rising junior, knows there is still plenty of time left for him to decide. He attended camp for Ohio State and Alabama in the month of July, but would not say if attending those camps had him leaning toward one school or another.
"I'm not really leaning towards any (particular school) because I still have a while to choose," Campbell said.
Campbell says he also made visits to Virginia, Maryland and Old Dominion, but did not participate in their prospect camps. Campbell also mentioned that coaches from South Carolina, Ohio State, Maryland, Virginia and Penn State have been contacting his high school coach, Gary Wortham Sr., more often than some of the other schools' coaches.
Wortham Sr., who has handled all contact with college coaches, weighed in on the interest Campbell has garnered over the past few months.
"Every [coach I've talked to] is excited about Kyree," Wortham Sr. said. "Every one of them has shown true interest in a guy like Kyree-6'5", 290 (pounds)-and just a [rising junior].... They have all been very upbeat about Kyree."
Wortham Sr. said many of the coaches who extended offers to Campbell made visits down to Freedom High School to speak with him about his prized defensive line recruit. None of the coaches have had direct contact with Campbell nor have they seen him play in a high school game.
"[Cambell] is being evaluated through his game film, which is very intriguing," Wortham Sr. said.
Campbell's high school coach praised the way he has handled the recruiting process.
"He's young, and guys who are young who get phone calls from college coaches from Ohio State or South Carolina get excited about it," Wortham Sr. said. "[Campbell] has been very mature in this process, he's taken a lot in.... He likes to get the whole spiel-from the academics to the campus living. One of his biggest questions to college coaches is their graduation rate-that's important to him as well. He's handled it pretty good so far."
When it is time for Campbell to make his decision, Wortham Sr. said it will be a combined effort from himself, Campbell and Campbell's mother.
"I will be a part of the decision, with [Kyree's] mother and with [Kyree]" Wortham Sr. said. "It's going to be all based on what's good and what's a good fit for Kyree Campbell."