Would the last man out the door please turn out the lights in the West Virginia safeties room?
In what has to be a disturbing summer trend for new head coach Neal Brown, 247Sports reports that redshirt sophomore Eugene Brown has entered the NCAA transfer portal as of Wednesday afternoon. That’s notable because Brown would be the third safety on the team’s depth chart to submit his name to the database in as many days, joining two starters in Derrek Pitts and Kenny Robinson in the portal.
Not great news to say the least in Morgantown.
Brown wasn’t quite the player as either Pitts or Robinson — 247 notes he hadn’t made it into the rotation at safety coming out of spring practice — but his departure is quite a blow for depth on the backend and on special teams. The former three-star appeared in all but one game at WVU last season and was expected to serve a similar role again at the very least under the new staff.
Either way, the Mountaineers have been super busy when it comes to the Transfer Portal on both ends heading into 2019. A whopping seven players have at least put their name in to transfer (only two have actually moved elsewhere though) while the school has added several potential starters on the other end in players like WR George Campbell and more competition at quarterback in the form of Bowling Green’s Jarret Doege.
So yes, the portal giveth and the portal taketh. At West Virginia though, it sure seems like more of the latter is going on this summer.
In February, Florida State wide receiver George Campbell decided he would look to end his collegiate career as a graduate transfer at Penn State. But now, that is no longer in the cards for Campbell.
Campbell reportedly (per 247 Sports) was not able to get into a graduate program at Penn State, thus blocking his chance to become a graduate transfer with the Nittany Lions. Campbell can still use a grad transfer to his benefit before the start of the 2019 season. He just has to find a graduate program that will admit him.
As a graduate transfer, Campbell will be eligible to play this fall for whatever program he may end up joining. It will be his final year of eligibility.
The former five-star receiver has struggled to live up to the recruiting hype he had coming into the Florida State program in the Class of 2015. With just 13 catches for 206 yards in his past four years, Campbell is hoping to find a place to end his collegiate career on a high note.
Penn State will still have decent depth at the receiver position with some players ready to compete for playing time, although having Campbell would have been a good boost for the Nittany Lions passing game with some more roster turnover going on this season.
A formerly highly-touted recruit has decided to finish his collegiate playing career a lot further north from where it began.
On his personal Instagram account Wednesday afternoon, George Campbell confirmed that he will be transferring from Florida State to Penn State. The wide receiver is scheduled to graduate from FSU in the coming months, meaning he will be eligible to play for the Nittany Lions in 2019.
The upcoming season will be Campbell’s final year of eligibility.
A five-star member of the Seminoles’ 2015 recruiting class, Campbell was rated as the No. 3 receiver in the country; the No. 9 player at any position in the state of Florida; and the No. 19 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. The Tarpon Springs high schooler was the highest-rated skill player in FSU’s class that year.
Campbell’s time in Tallahassee never matched that recruiting pedigree, however, as he totaled just 13 catches for 206 yards over the past four years. Four of the catches and 42 of the yards came in 2018, one year after he missed all but four games of the 2017 season because of injury.
The injury bug has not been kind to Florida State this season, and it is not done yet. On Wednesday, Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher announced another player is going to be out for the rest of the season with wide receiver George Campbell as he focuses on a nagging muscle injury.
Campbell, a redshirt sophomore, has played in four games this season and has six catches for 122 yards. He has not played in either of the last two games for Florida State and has just two catches since September 23 in a loss to NC State. Campbell had been listed second on the depth chart behind Auden Tate, the leading receiver for Florida State, coming into this weekend.