Penn State mentor James Franklin got big news on Wednesday when previous Florida State wide collector George Campbell reported on Instagram that he will play his last year of qualification with the Nittany Lions. The 6-foot-4, 2017-pound local of Clearwater, Florida, is a graduate transfer, and as such, he will be eligible immediately for the Nittany Lions.
Campbell was a five-star prospect and the No. 3 wide getting prospect in the Class of 2015. He was the best positioned ability player in Florida State’s 2015 selecting class – which completed positioned No. 3 in the nation – and one of four players in the class with five stars connected to his name. The others were Derwin James, Josh Sweat and Tarvarus McFadden.
Regardless of the high awards leaving high school, his college career never lived up to the hype. His most prolific season was in 2017, when he caught six passes for 122 yards.
Even though Campbell’s production at the college level isn’t impressive, his move to Penn State couldn’t come at a better time. Receivers Juwan Johnson and Brandon Polk left the program as graduate transfers, and DeAndre Thompkins exhausted his eligibility after the 2018 season. The only receivers on Penn State’s current roster with more than 200 receiving yards last year are K.J. Hamler (754) and Jahan Dotson (203). Tight end Pat Freiermuth was a weapon for the Nittany Lions last year, and will provide another option up the seam.