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.
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.
It is safe to say Florida State recruits very well. The early moments of today’s spring game in Tallahassee would validate that thought. A pair of early enrollee players came up with a pair of scoring plays to spark the Garnet team to an early lead.
Derwin James picked off a pass from quarterback Sean Maguire, the expected successor to Jameis Winston, on the second pass of the game, and found his way out of traffic to race into the end zone for an early touchdown. Just minutes later George Campbell beat everybody down the right sideline on his way to the end zone to give the Garnet team an early 14-0 lead.
James was a five-star defensive back in Florida State’s Class of 2015. Rivals ranked James as the top defensive back in the nation, and he was the fifth top recruit in the state of Florida. Campbell was also a five-star recruit. He was also a top ten recruit in the state of Florida and Rivals ranked him as the fifth-best running back in the nation.
Expect to hear these names in the next few years. If the first few minutes of the spring game are any indication, you might even hear those names at some point this fall. But let’s not get too carried away just yet.