After four official visits to Illinois, Maryland, Syracuse and Tennessee, Forestville, Md. tight end Devonte Campbell has made a decision. The 6-foot-1, 234-pounder plans to stay in-state for his college career.
"He committed to Maryland this afternoon," Forestville head coach Charles Harley said. "He really felt comfortable with coach Friedgen and the offense there. They went over a lot of different plays and formations they use and showed him where he'll be utilized.
"I also know he felt very comfortable with the players. I also think it helps that they are close to home. He wants his family to be able to see him play."
Early on in the recruiting process, the four-star prospect wasn't looking at the Terrapins. What changed for Campbell?
"I think the big change came when Ralph Friedgen got personally involved," he said. "He started to really take over on his recruiting and coach Brossard, his recruiter stepped it up too. I think that focus started to make him more comfortable with them after he realized they truly want him at Maryland."
Harley went on to discuss what kind of player Maryland is getting.
"They are getting an exceptional player and person," he said. "He handled the recruiting process from start to finish the way I would have hoped and he was upfront with the coaches the whole time."
Campbell's teammate Kevin Dorsey will be joining the No. 5 player in Maryland next year. The 2008 prospect is already committed to Maryland and the two are close friends.