Simpkins: 'I'm liking it a whole lot more'

Pack Pride talks with Virginia DE/LB Clinton Simpkins after his visit to NC State for junior day.

NC State has shown renewed interest in recruiting the state of Virginia and that was accentuated after landing all-everything QB Mike Glennon from Chantilly, Va last year. The Pack has already extended offers to several of the Commonwealth's top players for the class of 2009 and hosted a handful of those this past weekend at junior day. One in particular came away impressed with his first up-close look at NC State.

LB/DE Clinton Simpkins from Chancellor High School in Fredricksburg, Va landed his first scholarship offer back in February from NC State. He has since added a pledge from West Virginia and is entertaining steady interest from schools like Tennessee, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland.

That attention comes on the heels of a stellar junior season for Simpkins. On the year, the 6-3, 215 pounder registered 113 tackles en route to all-district and all-area honors.

The Wolfpack's early offer and junior day invitation were enough to land Simpkins in Raleigh this past weekend and he came away with some new thoughts about NC State.

"NC State gave me my first offer so I thought, hey, I'm going to go down and check it out and see what it's like to see if I like it," said Simpkins. "I'm not really planning to make a decision as soon and I'm still checking a lot of other things out. My coaches had been talking to them and they were telling me how they are.

"But I really enjoyed the visit. I really liked their training facility and the overall atmosphere of the Wolfpack. They gave us a tour of everything they usually do. They showed us how they break their teams up as far as the meetings go and just walked us through how they would do that with their regular guys. It definitely gave me a better feeling for what their program is about. At this point, I'm starting to like it a whole lot better there. The overall atmosphere, the coaches and how everybody treats everybody, it sounds like a real nice place to be."

Simpkins added that the coaching staff didn't push for a commitment right away and instead, were focused on simply showing what their program has to offer.

"They weren't really trying to get me to commit," he said. "They were really just trying to get me to come down to see how I liked it to figure out exactly what I want to do. They really weren't putting any pressure on me at all."

Simpkins plans to visit West Virginia and East Carolina over the coming weeks and says he considers himself open at the current time.

He is being recruited by NC State defensive line coach Keith Willis.

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