FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – On an American Heritage team that is considered one of the best in the state of Florida, sophomore defensive back Tyson Campbell has played a pivotal role in ensuring that the Patriots’ secondary remains strong. So far this season, American Heritage stands 9-1 after winning a district championship on Friday night.
“I think it’s been going well,” Campbell told Today’s U. “I’ve been getting a lot of playing time and making a lot of plays. We’ve been winning.”
On a personal note, Campbell sees improvement from his freshman to sophomore campaigns. The strides in which the 6’2”, 182-pound defensive back has made have shown up on the field numerous times this season.
“I think it has gone very well for me,” Campbell said. “I’ve been getting a lot of tackles, I have two interceptions in the regular season and a touchdown.”
Campbell, who describes himself as a “physical” cornerback who uses his speed often, is a quickly rising prospect on the recruiting trail. On Thursday, Campbell netted his first two scholarship offers—from Clemson and Miami (Fl.)—before picking up two more offers on Friday.
“Yesterday, I got offered by Miami and Clemson,” Campbell began, “then today I got offered by LSU and Alabama, so it’s been going well so far.”
With four offers under his belt, all of which have come from traditional college football powers, Campbell remains humble and is thankful to be in the position to receive high-ranking scholarships for football.
“I was really shocked and amazed,” Campbell said. “Very grateful to have those offers. I’m proud of myself.”
Last weekend, Campbell had an opportunity to take in a game first-hand between the first two schools to eventually offer the standout cornerback. Miami hosted Campbell in what was the school’s worst loss in program history, falling to the Clemson Tigers by a score of 58-0.
“Last week I went to the Miami – Clemson game on an unofficial visit,” Campbell said. “I saw Miami get blown out by Clemson. The Clemson defense was real physical and they played real well, but so did the offense. They played a good football game. Miami struggled on offense.”
As for Alabama and LSU, the two SEC programs offered Campbell before his game on Friday and hung around to take in what was a dominating performance.
“They came to the school earlier and they offered me,” Campbell said. “Then they stayed for the game and I had an interception.”
Over the summer, Campbell had an opportunity to attend camps at both LSU and Alabama, an experience that received high marks in retrospect.
“I like them both,” Campbell said. “In the summer I went on a college tour with some teammates and we did camps in some SEC schools. I went to both LSU and Alabama. They both had great facilities and great coaches and players. They both had a great atmosphere.
“I think LSU produces good defensive backs and they like big, athletic defensive backs.
“Alabama, they like tough defensive players that are physical and they’ve always been a powerhouse. I like them.”
As for right now, Campbell does not have any other visits scheduled for the college football season, although schools may continue to pop up on his radar.