Kyree Campbell Has Strong Connection with Coach Johnson

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Virginia has been very good to Ohio State in recent recruiting classes.  Curtis Grant hails from that state and most recently Jayln Holmes came to Ohio State from Virginia.  Ohio State hopes to keep that pipeline coming with class of 2016 defensive end Kyree Campbell.  Campbell, from Woodbridge, Virginia, has offers from some of the top programs across the country.  He has offers from the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, UVA, Florida State, Maryland, and South Carolina.  He also has interest coming from Alabama and is hoping to land an offer from them during the season.  He has a very strong interest in Ohio State and one of the biggest reasons is Coach Larry Johnson.  Coach Johnson has yet to coach a down of football for Ohio State, but his presence can be felt on the recruiting trail, especially with Campbell.

Can Ohio State keep the Virgina-OhioState pipeline going with Kyree Campbell?

“Coach Johnson is one of the best defensive line coaches in the country,” Campbell said of why he loves coach Johnson and Ohio State.  “I have a great connection with him already.  He coached my father in football, so my dad has told me a lot of football stories about him.  I have always known of Coach Johnson through my father, but now I am starting to build a personal relationship with him.  I like him a lot and he is one of the biggest reasons why I love Ohio State.”

Campbell has not had the chance to go to Ohio State, but is visiting for Friday Night Lights, where he is going to visit and also compete at the camp.  He is very excited to get up to Columbus and be around such a rich program.  “I cannot wait to get up there and visit the campus,” Campbell said of his upcoming visit.  “I want to visit a couple of academic buildings and be around the tradition of THE Ohio State University.”  He is very excited to camp at Ohio State and is hoping to improve his technique with the coaching staff.  He is a student of the game his coach tells me, as he spends countless hours reading plays, studying film, and going over game situations.  He has already been voted a team captain by the coaching staff, something that shows you the kind of person, and player he is.

Campbell has no timetable for his decision and is enjoying the process.  He does not even have a list of any schools, as more offers are pouring in.  But, with Larry Johnson leading his recruitment, you can be sure Ohio State is going to on his list until the end.  Outside of football, you can find Kyree around his teammates.  He enjoys spending time with them and also loves oldies music, such as Tupac, Ice Cube, and French Montana.  I asked Kyree what he would like to say to Ohio State fans, and he responded, “I am excited to visit Ohio State!”  Kyree Campbell is a very talented prospect and is an even better person.  The captain role shows what kind of person he is because it was voted on by the staff, so it was not a popularity contest.  He is humble about the process and is enjoying every part of it.




  1. […] linemen in his class. He hasn’t yet visited Ohio State, but the 6-foot-3, 268-pounder is impressed by Buckeyes defensive line coach Larry Johnson. He will get his first taste of Columbus under the lights in Ohio […]

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