"He is a great kid," Simpson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Jessel is an extremely talented player. We have played him at our sam (strongside linebacker) and we have played him at our nickel and we are going to have to move him into mike (middle linebacker) this year based on our need.
"He is a kid who could play safety for us," says Simpson. "He has been a fullback on offense. He could probably play tailback. He is a freaky good athlete. There are not a lot of things he can't do.
"He is explosive and he has nice top end speed," Simpson points out. "He can run and jump, he can backpedal and flip. He just has what coaches call a lot of ball skills. He can do a lot of things really well."
On Tuesday the linebacker ended his recruitment and committed to the Tigers and is concentrating on his senior season at Buford High. Curry notes that he is excited about selecting Auburn and is looking forward to playing outside linebacker under the guidance of defensive coordinator Ted Roof.
"He is an even six-foot-two now and he is close to 220," Simpson says. "He was 217 this morning. He cleans well over 325 pounds and is very explosive and put together."
The coach says the son of NFL linebacker Buddy Curry will likely be taller and heavier by the time he gets to Auburn.
Simpson says he isn't sure about Curry's junior stats, but notes, "He is a guy who probably averaged seven or eight yards per carry from the fullback position. He plays fullback, but he runs like a tailback. He is very elusive. He has good hips and good vision. He changes direction well. He was our leading receiver last year so he catches the ball well.
"He has leadership ability and being a senior in high school we are watching that grow every day," says Simpson, who played his college football at Auburn. "We are challenging these kids in summer workouts every day. He is answering the bell and doing a good job for us."
Simpson says that the rising junior, who had previously committed to West Virginia, is solidly committed to Gene Chizk's Tigers.
"I think he fell in love with Auburn," Simpson says. "He loves the coaches obviously. He enjoyed his time with the players. He went down there on two separate occasions, spent time with the coaches and players and I think it was just a place where he could see himself fitting in well with what Coach Chizik is doing with the whole program and what Coach Roof is doing on defense."
Buford has a well deserved reputation for turning out strong football teams and talented players. Curry says he is excited about the potential for his 2009 team. Simpson says Buford has work to do, but has potential.
"Our team is going to be young and inexperienced in a lot of ways, but our offensive line is extremely big and talented," the coach notes. "We have a really talented young quarterback. The front seven is going to be really good again. In our top eight guys we have one senior in the secondary, but they are athletic and they are hungry. I wonder how long it is going to take us to develop back there. We lost our kicking game--snapper, holder, kicker and punter so that is kind of a big question mark as well."
However, when it comes to Curry, Simpson notes that there is no question that the Tigers will be signing a talented and focused football player.