Woodbridge High School graduate Kyree Campbell announced on his Twitter account Saturday that he has committed to the University of Florida.
Campbell, who was visiting Florida this weekend, also considered Penn State, Temple, James Madison, Maryland and Pittsburgh.
A defensive tackle, Campbell fits a need for the Gators, who recently had players decommit from Florida at that position.
Campbell is the first local player to commit to the Gators since another former Woodbridge standout, Tony Lilly, played in Gainesville from 1980 to 1983. Lilly, currently Hylton's head football coach, was all-SEC his senior season as a defensive back at Florida and a second-team pick his sophomore and junior seasons.
Campbell played this season at Wyoming Seminary (Pa.). Campbell attended Wyoming Seminary after the University of North Carolina notified him in early June that the school had denied him admission as a freshman for the upcoming school year. Campbell had committed to the Tar Heels Aug. 3, 2015.
Campbell said UNC wanted him to enroll in a junior college, but Campbell didn’t want to use up two years of college eligibility before transferring to a four-year college.
Instead, Campbell, with the help of Woodbridge head football coach Gary Wortham, looked into prep schools he could attend for the fall semester, get his grades and test scores in order and then enroll in a Division I school by January of 2017.
As a senior at Woodbridge, Campbell was a first-team all-state selection after finishing the season with 62 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, eight sacks, four pass deflections, two interceptions and three blocked kicks. He was a four-star recruit who was rated the No. 40 defensive tackle in the country by 247sports.com and the No. 35 defensive tackle by ESPN.com.
Campbell had over 40 offers in high school.