Michael McCammon

The Cardinals extended an offer to Houston MacArthur linebacker Jacoby Simpson

Louisville becomes among the first to express heavy interest in Lonestar State linebacker

Louisville football continues to explore the nation in an effort to locate the type of prospects that it wants to become part of the Cardinals program and that effort resulted in a scholarship offer for Houston (Tex.) MacArthur linebacker Jacoby Simpson.

A four-year starter, Simpson learned of the offer while talking with a member of the U of L coaching staff on the phone, but needed it have it repeated before he'd believe it.

"We were talking on the phone and they said that they would like to offer me a scholarship," he said.  "I couldn't believe it so I asked if he could repeat it. After he repeated it two more times, it finally clicked in my head."

The offer, the first for the 6-foot, 230-pound inside linebacker, left him excited for an opportunity to potentially play for the ACC program.

"When the phone conversation was over I had a huge smile on my face and I told my family that the University of Louisville had offered me a full-ride scholarship offer," he continued. "I'm thankful that such a great program has offered me my first scholarship."

Simpson remains in contact with Cardinals staff member Mike Bruno.

"The defensive quality control coach, Mike Bruno said that he loves the way I find the ball and my physicality," Simpson said. "He also said that he admires my acceleration and closing speed."

UT-San Antonio has since followed with an offer, with others including Houston and TCU are expressing heavy interest.

"The recruiting process is actually pretty cool," he said. "Although sometimes there's a lot being thrown at you."

Simpson hopes to participate in a camp at Louisville during the summer.


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