MORGANTOWN—Now that the 2020 NFL Draft has concluded after being held remotely for the first time ever, three former West Virginia University football players have signed free agent contracts just days after two Mountaineers were selected in the draft.
Wide receiver George Campbell signed with the New York Jets, cornerback Hakeem Bailey signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and cornerback Keith Washington II signed with the New Orleans Saints.
The three players announced their signings on Saturday via Twitter.
Campbell, a 6’4, 183-pound redshirt senior transfer from Florida State, pulled in 19 receptions for 469 yards in his lone season with the Mountaineers. Seven of those receptions went for touchdowns. His best game came in West Virginia’s 24-20 upset over then-#24 Kansas State when he caught five passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns. He was also responsible for the Mountaineers’ longest play of the season, an 83-yard touchdown reception against the Baylor Bears.
Washington made his way to WVU after stops at the University of Michigan and Copiah-Lincoln Community College and played two seasons for the Mountaineers.
Last year, he tallied nine pass breakups and three interceptions to earn All-Big 12 2nd-Team honors. He started 17 of 22 career games for the Mountaineers and was invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game at the conclusion of the season.
Two seasons ago, Washington was responsible for three interceptions, including a 51-yard “pick six” at Texas Tech in WVU’s 42-34 win over the Red Raiders.
Bailey came to West Virginia after transferring from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He appeared in 35 games for the Mountaineers in three seasons, started 21 of those contests, and finished ninth in the Big 12 in passes defended with 10 during this past season.
He was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection and ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 58.
Bailey’s career totals include 135 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and 18 pass breakups.
Other Mountaineers who are hoping to sign free agent deals in the next few days include running back Kennedy McKoy, safety Josh Norwood, long snapper Rex Sunahara, and defensive end Reuben Jones.
Offensive tackle Colton McKivitz was selected in the fifth round by the San Francisco 49ers during the third day of the NFL Draft this past Saturday, while Kenny Robinson, Jr., a two-year safety for the Mountaineers, was taken just ahead of McKivitz by the Carolina Panthers.
Robinson had most recently played for the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL before the league folded earlier this month due to the COVID-19 outbreak.