About his recruitment, Simpson said, “I am setting up visits now. They will probably happen after July. I think I will set those up sooner rather than later, probably in the next week or two so I can see a few more schools.” He continued, “I want to see Illinois, Iowa State, and Purdue for sure.” The one school that Simpson has made repeated visits to is Xavier, and most recently he tripped to the campus for their team camp. “I love Xavier,” said Simpson. “Those coaches have been on me since I was a sophomore and showing me loyalty. Coach (Travis) Steele and Coach (Chris) Mack have been real consistent and shown me a lot of loyalty which goes a long way.” He continued about the Musketeers team camp, “It was good. I went there for a few games during the year, so it was good to play at Cintas. I just felt the love down there and like I had a good connection with them.” When it comes to the schools he hopes to see in the next month or two, Simpson started with the Illini, “I like Coach (John) Groce and Coach (Dustin) Ford. We have a good relationship. They aren’t pushing me to commit or anything, they are calling just to check in, and I trust them a lot.” About Iowa State, Simpson said, “Coach (Steve) Prohm has been hitting me up. We are starting to build a good relationship. Right now I am just taking it slow, but it has been good so far.” Purdue has also been recruiting Simpson for a while and made it clear they want a point guard in this class. “I like Purdue,” said Simpson. “They have been on me hard. C.J. Walker committed so they backed off, but when he de-committed they started coming back after me hard. I have a good relationship with some of the players and coaches.” Simpson was adamant he would make several visits before issuing a decision, though he doesn’t plan on waiting too long with the process following the month of July.
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