The Alabama coaches were the first to visit Mikell Simpson on Monday.
"Coach Shula and Coach Woods both came up here. They came about 3:30. They
left about 6:30. It went really good. They told my parents a lot about Alabama.
My parents liked it and liked the way it sounds," said Simpson.
Alabama Head Coach, Mike Shula, made a strong impression on the four star
running back. Simpson has also built a strong relationship with Coach Sparky Woods.
"It really impressed me that the head coach came on the visit. That really
showed me they are really interested in me. They want me to be a part of their
program. That is going to definitely be in my mind when decision time comes. I
really like Coach Woods a lot. He is a my recruiting coach and my position
coach. I really could see myself working with him."
Alabama was not the only school to visit with Simpson Monday.
"Coach Price, from Virginia, came after the Alabama coaches left. The visit
went really good. I was familiar with him, but it was the first time my mom got
to meet him. She liked him."
Though Simpson has scheduled one other visit, two schools are in the lead for
"It's pretty much down to Alabama and Virginia. They are equal right now. I
am heading out to UCLA for an official visit this weekend. I am going to be
looking at the facilities and the education program. It is far away, and I want
to see how it is out there," said Simpson.
A few things stand out in Simpson's mind about his two favorites.
"Alabama is just a big time football city. They have the nicest facilities,
and they have great fan support. I would have a great opportunity for early
playing time. At Virginia, I would have a chance to play early, and they have a
great education program. They are a team on the rise in the ACC."
"It is going to be closer to signing day before I make a decision. I
think the biggest factor will be my relationship with the coaching staff,"
Simpson enjoyed his week off for Thanksgiving. He is finished with his rehab
from his torn meniscus in the fifth game of the season. He also received a
special call over the holidays.
"Thanksgiving went really good. I was able to spend time with both sides
of the family. Coach Shula (Alabama) called me on Thanksgiving. That really
showed me a lot. For him to call me on Thanksgiving, that really is going to
stand out. I was released from my rehab about a week ago. I recovered pretty
quick. It was suppose to be five weeks, but it only took two and a half. I am
lifting weights now, and I am looking forward to getting back to full
strength," Simpson added.
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