With Tennessee’s offense starting this season heading into the NFL Draft, the team has looked to the NCAA transfer portal over the past several weeks in search of an experienced replacement. They fulfilled their need on Monday by taking down an SEC challenger to a veteran rookie from another Power Five program.
Address Miami Attack John Campbell He announced Monday night that he had committed to Tennessee, choosing Vols over Florida and Florida State after making state visits to all three schools.
Campbell, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound redshirt junior who is the Hurricanes’ starting left tackle this season, visited Tennessee Wednesday and Thursday before departing Friday morning for a state visit to Florida this weekend. Florida State hosted him for a state visit on the weekend of December 17th after adding his name to the NCAA transfer gate on December 16th.
Campbell said he has two seasons of eligibility remaining. He plans to enroll in Tennessee this month, and spring semester classes are scheduled to begin January 23.
This season, he’s started all 12 of Miami’s games after missing the 2021 season with a knee injury. He has appeared in 34 games over the past five years, making 18 starts – 16 times at left tackle, one at right tackle and one at left guard.
It became Tennessee’s third transfer commitment that day. Oregon wide receiver Dont’e Thornton He announced Monday afternoon that he plans to join the Vols, the Arizona State defensive line Age of Norman Lott He picked Tennessee three hours later. Campbell revealed his pick three hours after Norman Lott.
The former three-star catcher from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, joins the former Texas offensive lineman Andrey Karic As the addition of Tennessee’s second transfer to the offensive line this offseason. Karic, a sophomore who appeared in all twelve of the Longhorns’ games during the regular season, played primarily for the Texans but could also play guard for the Vols.
Campbell may now be a natural choice to replace him Darnell WrightTennessee is starting to get it right this season. Wright announced last month that he was leaving for the NFL after playing in the Dec. 30 Orange Bowl against Clemson.
According to Pro Football Focus, Campbell had the second-highest pass-blocking grade for the Miami regulars this season, finishing with a score of 73.5 after giving up 19 pressures on 453 pass-blocking snaps. Five of those pressures resulted in sacks – after he allowed only once in his first four years – and he was penalized five times. He only had a 52.6 run blocking score, which brought his overall offensive score down to 59.5.
He redshirted his first season in Miami in 2018 after appearing in four games. As a freshman, he played in 11 games, started two starts, and appeared in seven games with four starts in 2020 before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the 2021 season.
Coming out of high school, Campbell was ranked No. 481 in overall prospects and No. 36 offensive tackle in the class of 2018, according to industry composite 247Sports. He received scholarship offers from more than 40 schools, including Tennessee, before signing with Miami in December 2017.
At Dr. Phillips, Campbell played against the Vols senior quarterback team Joe Milton IIIHe is a former actor at Olympia High School in Orlando. Melton, a former Michigan transfer, has started Tennessee’s last two games of the season and will enter spring training as a front-runner for the Vols job starting in the 2023 season.
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