Originally Published: July 17, 2013

George Campbell earns high praise

By Derek Tyson | ESPN GatorNation

Junior-to-be George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) already has created a buzz in the recruiting world. The talented 6-foot-4, 185-pound athlete debuted in the 2015 ESPN 300 as the No. 1 athlete and No. 3-ranked player overall.

George Campbell
Tom Hauck for Student SportsFlorida might be the early leader, but Miami and Clemson are fighting hard for George Campbell, who is No. 2 in the ESPN Junior 300.

His sophomore stats, though solid, aren't earth-shattering. Campbell accumulated 766 receiving yards on 30 receptions and nine total touchdowns. But after an impressive performance at the IMG 7v7 National Championships in Bradenton (Fla.) in June and winning the fastest man competition at The Opening in Beaverton (Ore.), Campbell has seen his stock soar.

The Under Armour All-American said he is humbled to be ranked so highly.

"It feels great to be so highly ranked -- it's a big honor," Campbell said. "Not every one can say they are ranked so high, but it just shows that all my hard work and all the effort I've been putting into football is starting to pay off."

Campbell's performance at IMG was so impressive that it caught the attention of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who was in attendance.

"He came over to me and told me that I need to play with a chip on my shoulder and that he liked the way I played -- with the swagger that I had," Campbell said. "He wanted me to keep working, and next time he sees me, he wants me to be on the next step to being a big-time player."

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Weighing in on Texas' 2015 line class

By Max Olson | ESPN HornsNation

AUSTIN, Texas -- They didn't make kids like this back in 1970.

The offensive line that anchored Texas' third national championship in eight years featured a pair of two-time All-Americans: The 6-foot-4, 233-pound Jerry Sisemore and 6-foot-3, 235-pound Bobby Wuensch.

Aaron Garza
Courtesy of Kim DanielsAaron Garza is the future of Texas' offensive line.

They were the stars of a Texas offensive line that averaged 6-foot-1 and 219 pounds.

Today, mammoth 300-pounders rule up front, and the 6-foot-1, 220-pound guys are linebackers and defensive ends. The evolution of the offensive lineman is impossible to ignore.

Texas' 2005 title team averaged 6-foot-5 and 314 pounds, with nine offensive linemen checking in at 300-plus. The 2013 Longhorns could have as many as 15.

Now imagine having to find those big men as 15- and 16-year-olds, before they've even reached their junior year of high school, and trying to determine how and when they'll grow, how they eat, how big they'll get and, of course, how well they actually play football.

That's the unenviable task facing Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searles these days, but he's thriving.

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ESPN Staff Writer

Top junior Jashon Cornell avoids the 'dark side'

By Jared Shanker | ESPN RecruitingNation

The No. 1 junior nationally will not be going to the dark side. No, Big Ten fans, Jashon Cornell is not referring to Arkansas or Florida or Missouri or any SEC program recruiting the nation's top player in hopes of persuading him to leave the Big Ten's backyard.

Jashon Cornell
Jared Shanker/ESPNJashon Cornell enters his junior season as the No. 1 prospect in the ESPN Junior 300.

The dark side of the ball is a place Cornell, the No. 1 prospect in the 2015 ESPN Junior 300, has played only twice before and told his St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall coaches to never put him again.

"Offensive line, I refuse to play it," Cornell, a defensive end/linebacker hybrid, said. "I can't play the O-line. It's not for me. That's going over to the dark side."

Always big for his size growing up -- he stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 245 pounds now -- Cornell was never relegated to flag football as a child. Instead, he was outmatching third-grade players before reaching kindergarten. Through youth leagues he spent time at quarterback, defensive end, safety, fullback, receiver and tight end. In seventh grade, his coach tried him at offensive line on two separate occasions.

Cornell whiffed both times. It might have been on purpose.

So now Cornell makes a name terrorizing quarterbacks, not protecting them. Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Stanford and USC are just a handful of the schools to offer Cornell, who is being looked at as a defensive end by some schools and a linebacker by others.

The most-feared junior in the country does not like to be hit, though, which is why he loves defense.

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Jared Shanker

ESPN Staff Writer