The latest Tennessean to commit to the University of Tennessee is 6-foot-1, 190-pound wide receiver Todd Campbell, who plays for Franklin High School in the historic middle Tennessee town of Franklin.
Campbell has run a 4.41 and regularly clocks sub-five times in the 40, giving him the size and speed to remain a big-play receiver at the next level. As a junior, he caught 35 passes for 810 yards (an average of 23.3 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns to earn Class-5A All-State honors.
"I am the type of guy who just wants to score,” he told Larry Vaught of Kentucky Sports Report. “If I have the ball, then I am looking to go to the goal line any way I can. Whatever it takes to get there, I'll do it."
Campbell is originally from Elkton in western Kentucky and played at Todd Central High School as a freshman before making the move to Franklin. That change of locale proved fortuitous because the next year Franklin hired a new head coach, Craig Clayton, who brought in an offensive system that showcased Campbell’s considerable skills and athletic ability.
“Todd moved down here from Elkton as a sophomore,” Clayton told Brian Eldridge of Kentucky Sports Report, “And then his first year here, they played more of a running game,” “When I got here, we opened up the offense a little, so he could show his talents."
Those talents include soft hands, good concentration and the core strength to shake tacklers. There are elements of his route running that can be improved, but he makes the tough catch and has an outstanding burst to the ball.
UT should see a sharp rise in Campbell's stock after he attends the Scout combine in Louisville on May 20. That will the first chance many scouts have had to see him since his breakthnrough junior season.
Campbell committed to Tennessee over offers from Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Louisville, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Kansas State. He joins a UT Class of 2007 that now has three commitments with Anthony Anderson, a defensive back/athlete from Knoxville Austin-East and Tyler Maples, a wide receiver from Maryville. That equals the number of in-state high school signees the Vols had in the Class of 2006.
The Vols are sure to exceed that number with the biggest in-state prizes still undeclared.