Here is what Mister Simpson (5-9, 220 lbs., 4.5 in the 40 ... OSU Nike stats: 31 bench press reps., 35.8 inch vertical jump) and his coach, Kerry Coombs, told us:
Coach Coombs: "Mister was in my office when he called Michigan and committed."
Mister: "Coach Coombs and I called Coach Herrmann on the phone. Coach Herrmann called Coach Carr and told him, and Coach Carr called Coach Coombs. Then I called Coach Carr back and told him."
You got offered at the Michigan Camp?
Coach Coombs: "Actually, Mister hurt his hamstring at the Nike Camp, and he didn't do a whole lot at the Michigan camp this year since we're resting him to make sure he's ready for the season."
Mister: "But near the end Coach Jackson said he wanted me to run a few drills for Coach Carr. So I ran a few drills, and I showed them how I could catch the ball out of the backfield. And after camp Coach Carr offered me a scholarship."
Mister, why did you pick Michigan?
Mister: "I'm actually from Michigan. We moved to Cincinnati when I was in the 8th grade, from the Taylor/Southfield area. So I've always liked Michigan. And also, when I looked at the program and at the team, I could just see myself playing there!"
Coach Coombs, what kind of player is Mister?
Coach Coombs: "I don't know if there is better running back in Ohio. He ran for almost 1,700 yards for us last year. We're a triple option team and he plays the fullback position, but we put the ball in his hands almost every play. He's a hard running back with good speed. He's very versitile -- he can run inside, he can run outside, he can catch the ball real well, and he'll block for you with a passion. He's a real physical football player."
"I had B.J. Askew too -- Mister isn't as tall as B.J., but he's just as good an athlete and just as tough."
As a junior Simpson was second team Division one Ohio All-State, after gaining 1,640 yards and 23 touchdowns; as a sophomore he rushed for 1,079 yards and 16 touchdowns.
At the Ohio State Nike Camp, Mister did not participate in the RB/LB drills because he suffered a hamstring pull running his 40. But after the camp he came up to us GBW guys, looked us in the eye, and said, "Don't forget about me! You'll see!" In other words, Simpson is gutsy!
Mister Simpson & Coach On His U-M Commitment
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