National Signing Day is fast approaching and recruits are trying to nail down their futures.
"I’m a little nervous," said John Simpson.
Simpson is a four-star offensive guard from South Carolina who is yet to make his decision. He is considering Clemson, Florida, Alabama and LSU, and is focused on his officials this month. His first stop will be a trip to Gainesville on January 15th.
"I like it up there because it's like a family," said the 6-foot-4, 288-pounder. "I only went up there once, but they showed me they had a good group of people. I liked the coaches; I liked the players; I liked everything about it."
But this trip will be a little different for the Fort Dorchester High standout. This is Simpson's chance to get an insight into a program he holds highly.
"I just want to get a good feel of the coaching staff and some of the players," he said. "I just want to talk to them and understand them and try to get them to understand me."
Simpson has only taken one previous official and that was to LSU.
"When I went up there I just liked the atmosphere," he said. "The coaching staff up there is really cool. My recruiting coach there went to Auburn, so I don’t know know how that’s going to work, but I still keep in touch with the O-line coach (Jeff Grimes)."
Simpson is not stopping at two officials, however. He will officially visit both Clemson (Jan. 22) and Alabama (Jan. 29) before he makes any announcement regarding his future.
"After that I might make my decision. I don’t want to make my decision on signing day, but if that’s what it comes down to I’ll do it."
As a South Carolina native, Simpson says he does feel some pressure to say in-state at Clemson.
"I get that a lot," he said, "but I don’t listen to it though."
The only thing Simpson is focused on is trying to make sure he finds the perfect program for what he needs.
"I want it to feel like family," he said. "I want everybody on the same page so we can go out and win national championships. People that don’t win it's because they aren’t on the same page. So thats why I want everyone to be on the same page and with the same goal."