"Sometimes people say stuff to him, or write stuff about him, that I don't like. People always accuse him of this or that. I guess any coach deals with that. Sometimes I just used that as motivation. I usually just tried to ignore it, but it also made me become mentally tougher and hopefully that will help me in college."
What he hopes will help him even more is the expected talent in his recruiting class. He's talked to numerous other players who plan to sign with the Wildcats, including quarterbacks Morgan Newton of Indiana and Ryan Mossakowski of Texas.
"I love talking to them. I really feel even better now about my decision to come to Kentucky than I did when I made it," Simpson said.
He's already looking forward to getting a winter workout program from Kentucky to start getting ready for next season.
"During spring practice our school gives you give college visit days," he said. He plans to use all five of his to go to UK.
"I want to go over there, go to meetings in the morning and watch practice, get a playbook and start learning all that I can. It will almost be like a head start for the season and I know enough to know that anything you can do to try and get ahead, you better do," he said.