Posted: 1:14 pm Sunday, June 8th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
Georgia Tech’s football team picked up a pair of commitments this weekend.
The Yellow Jackets got pledges from Christian Campbell, a 3-star athlete from Ponchatoula, La., who will play quarterback in college, and Trent Sellers, a defensive end from Sandy Creek High School.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Campbell is rated as the No. 20 overall prospect out of the state of Louisiana, according to the 247sports composite rankings. He said he picked Georgia Tech over Louisiana-LaFayette, Arizona State and Arkansas State, among others.
“It’s great football in a good conference, even better education,” Campbell told the AJC. “I run a very similar offense now (in high school) and the city of Atlanta is amazing. I like the staff, and I wouldn’t mind spending four years there.”
“Georgia Tech really got a good player with Christian,” Ponchatoula coach Hank Tierney said. “I don’t know what these rankings and stuff mean, but he was ranked as high as the No. 12 player in the state of Louisiana — and it’s because of his versatility. He is being recruited by SEC schools as a wide receiver and defensive back.
“But we run Georgia Tech’s offense. He is one of the best option quarterbacks that I’ve ever been around, and I’ve been coaching 35 years. I’ve had a lot of option quarterbacks over the years that went to some really good schools. He’s just like they are: Tremendous athlete, and underrated as a thrower because we don’t throw. He was the District MVP in one of the best districts in Louisiana.
“We play in Louisiana’s highest classification. He accounted for almost 3,000 yards of total offense last year in 12 games. And he averaged about eight yards per carry. Georgia Tech is getting a good one.”
Tierney felt like Mississippi was close to offering after Campbell was clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash at summer camp. Campbell also worked out for Alabama, which has expressed interest. Both schools liked Campbell as an athlete, while Georgia Tech recruited him at quarterback.
“That’s why he picked Georgia Tech,” Tierney said. “He was being recruited as a quarterback by a couple of different schools that run that option, but he was being recruited by more schools that wanted him as an athlete. And I’m sure Georgia Tech runs into this type of situation all the time with the offense that they run. He’s definitely being recruited there at quarterback.”
Campbell is Georgia Tech’s second 2015 commit at QB, along with Jaylend Ratliffe of Scotland County, N.C.
Sandy Creek has been a pipeline for Georgia Tech players over the years, including Calvin Johnson and Isaiah Johnson. The 6-3, 230-pound Sellers is unranked at this time. His father played football at Auburn.
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