Peoria Wide Receiver Commits to ASU

What a day for the maroon and gold! Just hours after fellow local wide receiver Kerry Taylor verbaled to Sun Devils, T.J. Simpson followed suit. Devils Digest talked to him shortly after his decision.

"I have been thinking about this a lot and I knew I wanted to go to Arizona State," said the 6-2 175 T.J. Simpson. "Me and my parents talked about it, and I told them ‘this is where I want to go" and they said ‘let's get it done and commit.' I called Coach Koetter and he was very excited. He told me about Kerry Taylor committing today. What a coincidence…two Arizona wide receivers in one day – that's awesome."

Staying close to home was naturally a big factor in his decision, though he did receive unconditional backing from his family. "My parents were gonna support my decision wherever it was," he explained. "But I'm sure they're a little happy that I'm playing close to home, instead of miles and miles away. I wanted to get the decision over with and concentrate on the season. I didn't want to worry about recruiting and have it affect my game."

Simpson was excited to hear that Taylor committed too to ASU, since they both grew up together. He also knows current Sun Devil Keegan Herring who also played at Peoria High School, as well as cornerback Uriah Marshall. He stated that he will start working on fellow West Phoenix ASU Prospects such as William Yancy. "I think that he and other players from here will start committing to ASU once they heard that Kerry and I committed."

As a junior, Simpson caught 29 passes for 749 yards and seven touchdowns. He received scholarship offers from other Pac-10 schools such as Oregon and Oregon State. He was one of the stars of the B2G Elite Football Program that took place last week. The wide receiver becomes Arizona State's fifth commitment of the 2007 class, and the third local player in this class to verbal to the hometown Sun Devils.

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