Late-blooming OT John Campbell drawing attention from Auburn, UF, UT


As nearly two dozen offers pour in for 2018 offensive tackle John Campbell, he’s keeping all his options open at this point of the recruiting process.

“As of right now, I pretty much like every school I go to because there’s something good about each of them,” Campbell told GN. “I don’t have any favorites or anything like that right now.

“Auburn, Tennessee, Missouri, Florida State, Miami — I have a whole list. I’ve been offered by 23 schools as of right now.”

Campbell (6 feet 5, 290 pounds), from perennial power Orlando Dr. Phillips, is what you would call a late-bloomer in the recruiting process.

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“My junior year was basically my breakout year,” Campbell said. “My sophomore year was my first year actually playing offensive line.”

Auburn was one of the SEC schools to offer Campbell.

“When I went there, it was like a family feel,” Campbell said. “All the coaches there are real with you. They’re not just going to tell you what you want to hear. At the end of the day, they just want you to be a great player and a great person, on and off the field.”

Auburn signed offensive tackle Calvin Ashley in the 2017 recruiting cycle. Ashley played at Dr. Phillips before transferring to Washington (D.C.) St. John’s College High.

Campbell also has an offer from Tennessee.

“The ‘Rocky Top,’ yeah, I’ve talked to coach (Butch) Jones on the phone and a few of the other coaches; they are all great people,” he said. “Coach Walt Wells just got named offensive line coach, so I could see myself playing for him for the next four years.”

Campbell says he also has talked to former teammates who have gone through the recruiting process, such as 2017 Florida linebacker signee Nick Smith.

“I used to talk to Nick; he is a good person to talk to because he had a lot of options and he just told me to go with the flow,” he said.

Campbell says early playing time is something he is looking for in a college destination.

“I would like to play as a true freshman because I feel I have all the key attributes to go play for any school in the nation,” he said.

Campbell took part in Florida’s “Junior Day” this past weekend.

“I just visited Florida and I got to meet a lot of the coaching staff,” he said. “They’re all great coaches and they showed a very high interest in me, and I feel like they may pull the trigger soon (with an offer).

“It would be a great opportunity to play in the Swamp. When I was younger, it was my dream school, but as of now I have no favorites.”

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