Coaches are tracking Simpson

Four-star point guard Xavier Simpson is drawing significant recruiting interest.

Four-star point guard Xavier Simpson is a true floor general who really knows how to run a team. That particular quality is highly in demand, and for the Lima (Ohio) Senior product, college coaches are taking significant notice.

Last season Xavier Simpson and his Lima Central Catholic teammates won a state title. However Simpson's father Quincy became the Lima Senior head coach in the off season, and now Xavier is adjusting to a new team, and working on his game.

“He has grown up with almost all of the kids, so it wasn’t a huge adjustment,” said Quincy Simpson. “The biggest adjustment was leaving LCC because he had solid relationships there with the other students and the staff, but he is happy at Lima Senior, and things are going well.”

He continued, “I just want him to be a leader. If he can lead the team and make my job easier as a coach, that is big and that is what I am really looking for out of him. Individually he is working to steadily improve his jumper because if he wants to go far playing basketball he has to knock down those shots.”

Recruiting wise a lot of schools have been in to check out the 5-foot-11 Simpson.

“We’ve had tons of colleges in,” noted the elder Simpson. “Xavier, Michigan State, Iowa State, Purdue, Butler, Northwestern, Ohio State and several other schools have been here to see all the kids workout.”

The most recent high-major offer came from Northwestern, and that was big because Simpson is an excellent student to go along with being a high level basketball player.

“As a father it was definitely exciting for Xavier to pick up an offer from Northwestern,” said Simpson. “It is a high, high academic school and that speaks for itself. Picking up that offer was a blessing and it is a school he is definitely taking a long look at.”

Simpson’s first major offer came from Xavier, and since then the Musketeers have remained in extremely close contact.

“I like the program and the coaches a lot,” explained Simpson. “Coach (Travis) Steele and Coach (Chris) Mack talk to me and Xavier a lot. I feel very comfortable talking to those guys. Xavier has probably been the forerunner in terms of communication and expressing interest. Communication has been good and they are right down the street. I feel very comfortable with everything they have told X, and also everything I have seen on unofficial visits there.”

Two schools that have been involved recruiting Simpson for a while, but haven’t offered are Michigan State and Ohio State.

Simpson is very close with former Michigan State player, and Lima product, Travis Walton, and so far things are going well with the Spartans.

“Michigan State likes X a lot,” said Simpson. “They want him to get on campus soon. They’ve been here once and they want to come back. Michigan State has done a lot of good things for kids from Lima both in football and basketball. Travis (Walton) went there in basketball and five or six kids have been there for football. One of my assistant coaches went to Michigan State, and it is a household name around Lima and the coaches are great there.”

In terms of the Buckeyes, Simpson said, “With Ohio State we aren’t sure. They have A.J. Harris who is like family to us, and they have come here and we have been there for a visit. It has been great there, but we haven’t had a lot of talks, and right now we are taking everything for what it is.”

At the moment Simpson doesn’t appear close to a decision, but when the time does come for that, the elder Simpson has all the confidence in his son to make a sound choice.

“It has to be the decision he wants to make,” explained Quincy Simpson. “I don’t want him to make a decision for anything other than what is best for himself and his future. We haven’t really sat down and talked about what to look for. He is just a junior, and that conversation will take place after the season. Xavier knows what he wants and he is pretty heady, so I don’t think that conversation will be tough and I think he will make a sound decision.”

Currently Xavier Simpson is seen as the No. 17 point guard and the No. 79 player overall in the 2016 class.

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