RECRUITING: Mikell Simpson visits UF this weekend

A new name on the Florida Gators recruiting board is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's four-star running back/defensive back Mikell Simpson, who will be making his final official visit to the University of Florida this weekend. Simpson is a 6-1, 200-pounder with 4.4 speed.

Simpson wasn't even considering the Gators until he received a call out of the blue from Florida assistant coach Dan Mullen. The call went so well that the next day another Florida assistant, Steve Addazio, visited his school and coordinated a visit to Gainesville.

He's eager to meet with Coach Urban Meyer.

"Coach Meyer seems like a very energetic and enthusiastic coach that demands a lot out of the players," said Mikell, who is looking forward to spending time with Meyer and all the Gator assistant coaches.

He has studied Florida's academics and athletics, but still he has a lot of questions that he hopes to have answered this weekend.

"I know they are in the top 10 as far as academics and as far as football wise they are always contending for a national championship every year," he said. "Coach Meyer is bringing his spread offense and being the type of player with a lot of speed, I think I can fit in there.

"Academically, I'm going to be looking to see if they have a good academic support team and stuff like that. I'm not sure about what my major is going to be. I'm going into the first two years undecided, and will take general classes to get them out of the way and then move into my major."

Mikell Simpson had narrowed his choices to Alabama and Virginia before the Gators arrived on the scene. He finds both Alabama and Virginia quite impressive.

"Alabama … I liked the environment down there," said Simpson. "It's a real football city. The players welcomed me in. It really like family down there.

"Virginia … I like the coaching staff and the type of offense they run. They get the backs involved in the game."

As for the Gators he says, "They would like to but me in the backfield and occasionally in the slot."

Simpson sounded rather hopeful that his trip to Gainesville would be a success.

"Alabama and Virginia are my top schools and after this weekend I'll be able to see if Florida is right up there with them," he said. "Later in the week after I return from Florida, I'll tell my parents and discuss my decision with them and call the coaches to inform them of my decision and then make it public on signing day."

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