At Nike’s The Opening regional held outside Dallas on Sunday, four-star 2018 offensive tackle Darrell Simpson took time to reflect on his Michigan interest and eventual offer from the Wolverines this past year.
In fact, Simpson, all 6-foot-7, 330-pounds of him, says he first came in contact with U-M’s coaching staff last year when he participated in one of Michigan’s satellite camps in Texas.
“It was just a special thing to play in front of coach (Jim) Harbaugh,” Simpson said. “It was kind of nice meeting coach(Tim) Drevno, seeing how his techniques would work (too).”
After playing in front of Michigan’s coaching staff, Simpson would eventually earn an offer from U-M later on in his recruitment.
“It was exciting, feeling real good,” Simpson recalled on offer reaction. “… It felt real good to have them on my list because it’s a good school, and look at the NFL combine, look at that. I know coach Harbaugh puts people in the NFL and coach Drevno does the same thing.”
Now that he has his U-M offer, Simpson says his plan is to visit Michigan, along with Ohio State, LSU, Ole Miss and Auburn coming up.
“Of course, just see what the city is like,” Simpson said on visiting U-M. “Probably just get to know the coaches more.”
Adding: “I just want to look at the community side of it and the education, and also how the coaches treat everybody,” he said.
As of right now, Simpson indicates he plans to make his commitment known on national signing day 2018.