Florida Football Recruiting: Javeon Campbell is a freight train

The three-star defensive lineman out of Kentucky is undervalued in the rankings

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

One thing Billy Napier has been solid at during his time with Florida Football are his evaluations of players. Closing is a different story but Napier has done well at identifying which talent is going to thrive and which talent is just smoke and mirrors.

As such, the Gators are in the running for a three-star defensive lineman who should be a four-star when it is all said and done.

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Javeon Campbell is an EDGE listed at 6'5" and 260 pounds out of Frankfort, KY. On3, Rivals, and 247 all have Campbell as a three-star while ESPN has him unrated.

Based on the film, this is super low, and there is minimal reason why Campbell shouldn't be a four-star beyond the fact that 2023 was his first year playing football, and all the recruiting services are playing catchup.

His first step might not be as explosive as some other top 100 prospects we have looked at, but every step after that is filled with power and menace, and once he gets going, he is the fastest player on the field.

And Campbell makes his power look effortless, fighting off double teams and knocking guys over without even breaking a sweat.

And even on plays where he is 10+ yards behind the ball, Campbell will be the one to run 40 yards downfield to chase down the ball carrier and make the tackle.

Despite his three-star rating, plenty of schools have lined up to sway him. He announced his top nine schools yesterday with Florida making the cut alongside Ohio State, Alabama, and Georgia among others.

Florida only recently offered Campbell and are not among the four schools he currently has lined up for an official visit this summer, so we will see if Florida can find a way to gain momentum as the recruitment for Campbell will heat up.