Clarence Simpson Sees Opportunity at ASU

Not only did the Sylmar (CA) High School player like his visit to Tempe, but he also saw a genuine prospect of making an early impact with the Sun Devils.

The 6-1 175 cornerback was hosted by his childhood friend, ASU's wide receiver Derek Hagan. The pairing of those two was quite the eye opener for Simpson. "He's a freshman that played right away, and really had a good year. That's they way I see myself. I want to go to a school where I can make a difference in my first year. It was good talking to somebody that did, and I know that I can." While ASU doesn't have much uncertainty at Simpson's position, he does think that he can contribute right away. "I know that they have a lot of returning players at corner, but I know that I'm confident that I can come in and play with them."

Simpson was clocked running 4.5 at the 40-yard dash, but he feels that he needs to get in shape right away. "I do have really good feet work, but I have to work on my strength. I'm actually starting a strength program tomorrow (Monday). I know that this will only help my game even more." The cornerback will play in the prestigious Cal-Florida game, which showcases the top high school players from both states. "I hope I can be the starting cornerback for the Cal team." he says.

As far as his impressions from Tempe, the Sylmar standout came away impressed. "It was a very nice visit. The players were real cool, and the coaches were great. I like the stadium and the facilities. I had a lot of fun." The Sun Devils have an in-home visit with Simpson on Wednesday, but don't expect him to make a decision anytime soon. "I'm visiting Fresno State on Friday (1213), and Washington on 12/20. I'm also gonna visit UCLA sometime in January. I'm not gonna make any decision before I take all my trips." Simpson has indicated in the past that UCLA is his leader. When we asked him what factors will determine the school he commits to, he replied: "I'd like to go to a school that has good academics, and that a degree from them will mean something. Location is another factor. I don't want to go too far. I also want to go to a good Football program."

The cornerback mentioned that it "would be nice" to go down to San Diego to watch ASU in the Holiday Bowl, but he wasn't sure if he could. Suffice to say that ASU fans will settle for him to accept the scholarship offer extended to him, and make a permanent visit back to Tempe.

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