Offensive transfer tackle commits to Vols, picks Tennessee over SEC rival

With one of Tennessee’s starting offensive tackles this season heading for the NFL Draft, the Vols have turned to the NCAA’s transfer portal in recent weeks in search of an experienced replacement. . They met their need Monday by beating an SEC rival for a veteran starter from another Power Five program.

Miami Offensive Tackle John Campbell announced Monday evening that he had committed to Tennessee, choosing the Flights over Florida and Florida State after making official visits to all three schools.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Campbell, a redshirt junior who was the Hurricanes’ starting left tackle this season, made an official visit to Tennessee on Wednesday and Thursday before departing Friday morning for an official visit to Florida this weekend. end. Florida State welcomed him on an official visit the weekend of Dec. 17 after adding his name to the NCAA transfer portal on Dec. 16.

Campbell said he has two seasons left of eligibility. He plans to enroll in Tennessee this month, with spring semester classes scheduled to begin Jan. 23.

This season, he started all 12 games for Miami after missing the 2021 season with a knee injury. He has appeared in 34 games over the past five years, making 18 starts – 16 at left tackle, one at right tackle and one at left guard.

It became Tennessee’s third transfer commitment of the day. Oregon wide receiver Don’t Thornton announced Monday afternoon that he plans to join the Vols, and the Arizona State defensive lineman Omar Norman Lott chose Tennessee three hours later. Campbell revealed his pick three hours after Norman-Lott.

The former three-star prospect from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla., joined the former Texas offensive lineman Andrej Karic as Tennessee’s second transfer addition on the offensive line this offseason. Karic, a sophomore who appeared in all 12 games for the Longhorns during the regular season, primarily played tackle at Texas but could also play guard for the Vols.

Campbell might now be a natural fit to replace Darnell Wright, the starting right tackle for Tennessee this season. Wright announced last month that he was up for the NFL Draft after playing in the Dec. 30 Orange Bowl against Clemson.

According to Pro Football Focus, Campbell had the second-highest pass blocking rating for Miami regular linemen this season, finishing with a 73.5 rating after giving up 19 pressures in 453 pass blocking snaps. Five of those pressures resulted in sacks – after he only allowed one in his first four years – and he was penalized five times. He only had a 52.6 run blocking rating, bringing his overall offensive rating down to 59.5.

He wore a red shirt in his first season in Miami in 2018 after appearing in four games. As a redshirt rookie, he played in 11 games and made two starts, and appeared in seven games with four starts in 2020 before suffering a season-ending knee injury ahead of the 2021 season.

Coming out of high school, Campbell was ranked the 481st overall prospect and 36th offensive tackle in the 2018 class, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. He received scholarship offers from more than 40 schools, including Tennessee, before signing with Miami in December 2017.

At Dr. Phillips, Campbell played the Vols senior quarterback Joe Milton III, a former standout at Olympia High School in Orlando. Milton, a former transfer from Michigan, has started Tennessee’s final two games this season and will enter spring training as a favorite for the Vols’ starting job heading into the 2023 season.

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