Instant Impact Sam Simpson

The Kentucky Wildcats got their man as Lexington (KY) Clay center Sam Simpson gave his verbal commitment to the hometown team. What impact does Simpson's pledge mean to the Wildcats? Let's break it down. number one ranked center prospect for the Class of 2009 is now a Wildcat. For the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Simpson the choice of staying home and following in his father's footsteps was just too much to pass on.

Simpson's commitment will have major effects on and off the field. Not only did Rich Brooks and company keep another hometown product home, they also got one of the best players in their recruiting region to say the Wildcats are the program he feels has everything he needs for success.


Simpson can now start to work on other members of the Class of 2009. The Wildcats know this class needs to match-up with those they are competing against in the SEC and during the course of the next few months Simpson can tell his side of the story as to why Kentucky was the right choice for him. Picking the Wildcats over the likes of SEC foes Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and Vanderbilt is a major recruiting gain. Losing a hometown player to a program you battle each year is not the way this staff wants to look at the upcoming season. Now they know they can battle and beat their competition.

Add in the fact Simpson is a legacy recruit and the stock goes up even higher.


With size and athletic ability Sam Simpson has proven he's on the right track to become a major player once he gets to college. With the ability to use both hands to snap and use his athletic ability to reach second level defenders he'll become an anchor in the years to come for the Wildcats offense. A great student in the classroom and on the field Simpson will be able to make the line calls and become a leader down the road.

Sam Simpson is a building block type of recruit that you need to watch to really appreciate. He'll have a chance to become a staple for the Wildcat in the future.

Give Rich Brooks and his staff an A+ on this one as it could prove to be the biggest recruit of the class.

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