Simpson and Oregon have mutual interest

Pacific Palisades (Calif.) Palisades Charter linebacker Alec Simpson wants the college football world to know his name. He's already making progress with a few programs, including Oregon.

Aggressive, relentless and hungry for more exposure, 2016 Palisades Charter linebacker Alec Simpson is in the process of getting his name out to as many college programs as possible. Schools such as BYU, Baylor, Louisville, Texas Tech, USC, UCLA and Oregon have already taken notice.

Named as one of the players to watch this fall by Los Angeles Times sportswriter Eric Sondheimer last month, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect takes pride in the way he prepares for games and credits that as a large part of his success.

"The way I get hyped before a game definitely makes me feel more energized when I play the game," Simpson said. "It makes me want to hit people even harder. My aggressiveness in the game is definitely a big trait I feel is a big part of my game."

Wednesday, Oregon outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander observed Simpson at practice during 7on7 competition and told the sophomore that he's going to be keeping tabs on his development during his junior season.

"He loves my athleticism and speed and the way I play the game," Simpson said. "He loved my size too."

Simpson and Chinander had a brief conversation about academics during their time together and he said he's definitely intrigued with the Ducks following the meeting.

"I love the uniforms," Simpson said. "The stadium is gorgeous. It's awesome, right there in Eugene. Autzen Stadium, I love it. I also love that they're on ESPN almost every week, which is huge exposure for the program. They're one of the tops in the nation."

Simpson said one factor that will figure into his eventual decision will be playing in an electric stadium atmosphere such as Autzen.

"That's huge for me," Simpson said. "It gets me hyped. I'm definitely looking for my preferred major either in broadcasting or business. Also, good relationships with coaches are going to be key for me in my recruiting process."

Growing up a UCLA fan, Simpson has seen a number of duels between the Bruins and Ducks and he believes he could fit in with the Oregon defensive scheme at either outside or inside linebacker. He intends to visit Eugene in the future and is hopeful that an offer is extended to him at some point.

"I'm definitely hopeful for it," Simpson said. "I mean with those $60 million facilities, c'mon? They're the nicest facilities in the nation."

Simpson has already visited UCLA for their Spring Game. During that visit he developed a bond with head coach Jim Mora, who Simpson called a "great guy." He has plans to visit USC and Illinois this summer and will camp at San Diego State this weekend.

"I'm hoping to meet some coaches, get more exposure and play well," Simpson said of his goals for the camp.

Looking at the bigger picture with over a year and a half of time before NSD for the 2016 class, Simpson will be participating in a number of events and taking visits to gain more exposure.

"I definitely plan on attending a lot of college camps and taking some unofficial visits," Simpson said. "That's definitely going to be big in my recruiting process."

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