Simpson talks new offer, visit

A new Big Ten offer came his way and an unofficial visit was made by Xavier Simpson this weekend.

One of the best true point guards in the class of 2016 is Lima (Ohio) Senior floor general Xavier Simpson. The 5-foot-11 Simpson is having a very solid junior season, and keeps seeing the recruiting attention pick up.

After winning a state title at Lima Central Catholic as a sophomore, Simpson transferred to Lima Senior when his father Quincy was hired as head coach. Now as a junior and team leader of a relatively new group of players, Simpson says they are working to come together.

“We are playing pretty well,” explained Simpson. “We have had a rough few games, but we have four new players, a new coach, and a new system so it is taking a little while for us to come together as a team.”

About his own game, Simpson said, “I feel my game is definitely improving. I have more confidence in my jump shot. I feel like now I know when I am making or missing a shot, as opposed to last year when I would shoot I wouldn’t really know. Also I am becoming more of a vocal leader and leading by example.”

Recruiting wise, Simpson now has offers from Xavier, Northwestern, and Illinois to go along with significant interest from schools such as Michigan State, Butler, Iowa State, and others.

When asked about his recruitment, Simpson said, "Lately I have heard a lot from Xavier and Illinois."

Over the weekend Simpson picked up the latest offer from Illinois, and it was one he was looking forward to.

“Illinois came down early in the school year to watch me, and since then they have been talking to my dad and talking to me,” explained Simpson. “They have been to a few workouts, an open gym, and a game, and they have been loyal to me, so it is good to have another college that is close to home in my ear.”

Also over the weekend Simpson made an unofficial visit to Xavier for their game against Marquette, and was impressed with what he saw.

“I love the campus there,” said Simpson of Xavier. “It was a very exciting game. Even though they started out a little rough, they got the win and the fans were great. They sell out every game there, and it is a very nice facility. I love it there.”

When asked where he is within the process, Simpson said, “Right now I am just enjoying the recruiting process. We are taking everything in stride as a family.”

Currently Simpson is seen as the No. 17 point guard and the No. 78 player overall in the class of 2016.

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