Florida defensive tackle recruit Kyree Campbell has enrolled for the spring semester at the school, the program announced in a tweet Wednesday morning.
The graphic is a new one for the Gators’ social media team, and highlights Campbell’s status as “enrolled” on the lower left, the last step in a sequence that begins with “scouted” and puts “targeted,” “offered,” and “recruited” in that order.
Campbell is Florida’s first confirmed enrollee in a recruiting class that could have a handful of early enrollees. Classes began for the University of Florida’s Spring 2017 term on Wednesday, and registration for those classes runs through January 10, next Tuesday, allowing for a full week for Florida’s commits to become fully-fledged Gators.
Campbell committed to Florida in December, and we described him as “a huge man who plays a position where Florida has a huge need”:
Campbell appears to have significant punch at the point of impact on film, and I’d project him as a useful run-stuffer in the Joey Ivie mold, rather than a more disruptive Jonathan Bullard- or Caleb Brantley-like tackle, if he pans out. And that may not be a bad thing, as CeCe Jefferson could be a player in the latter mold for Florida in 2017, while Khairi Clark and Taven Bryan have been Ivie-style players with mixed results for the last two seasons.
Nabbing a big, potentially plug-and-play defensive tackle was really important for Florida after the defections of three DTs from the Gators’ recruiting class this fall. And while adding Penn State target Campbell after the Nittany Lions flipped former Florida commit Fred Hansard is still probably a pseudo-trade James Franklin’s staff will be okay with, it’s quite possible that Campbell will be more valuable to Florida in 2017 than Hansard would have been.