Alabama Class of 2012 Tucker Simpson Update

Tucker Simpson, who plays his high school ball for Oxford High School in Oxford, Alabama and his summer baseball with the East Cobb Astros, will very likely be one of the top prospects in the state of Alabama his senior season. And if early interest is an indication, look for him to be one of the top players in the southeast as well.

"The schools showing interest are Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, a couple of ACC and SEC schools," said Simpson, who just turned 17-years-old.

He's already taken unofficial visits to several of the schools showing interest in him.

"I went to Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Alabama this past fall," said the 6-7, 220-pounder. "I've kind of narrowed it down and I'm kind of leaning toward Auburn just a little bit but I'm really not in any hurry to make any kind of decision."

While he plays first base when he's not pitching, it's his pitching ability and arm strength that has caught the eye of college coaches.

"I'm a pitcher for the most part," said Simpson. "I throw a fastball, a knuckle curve, and I have a straight change. My fastball was clocked at 91 and I consistently throw it 88-89."

Although it's his talent and projection that coaches like, Simpson gives credit to his summer ball play for the exposure that he has received the past few years, not only exposure to college coaches but exposure to some of the most talented young baseball players in the nation.

"(Travel ball) has definitely helped me with the exposure part," said Simpson. "And it has also allowed me to play against the best kids in the country. When you come out here you have to play to the best of your ability everyday."

Although he is from Alabama, he has been playing with the East Cobb program for several years.

"Last year, I played for Dave Bowen, the head coach of the 16u Astros last year," said Simpson. "When I was 14 (years-old) I played for Dave Roberts who is the 14u Astros' coach. I also played over here when I was 12 and when I was 9. I was kind of back and forth with East Cobb and teams from Alabama."

Thanks to being with some of the elite travel teams, Simpson has traveled the nation and even outside the nation on occasion.

"I have been to Canada, Cooperstown (New York), San Antonio, Texas, Miami, Disney's Wild World of Sports (in Orlando, FL), and a lot of places in between," said the righthander. "It's been pretty cool."

Tucker Simpson's travels should continue, although during the next year and a half look for them to include a lot more colleges towns as his recruitment heats up.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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