A little over a week ago, S Tyree Simpson from Myers Park High School in Charlotte, NC was one of the sleeper prospects to really impress with his performance at the Shrine Bowl Combine held at Apex High School.
Measuring in at 6-1 ½ and 204 pounds, Simpson ripped off 4.47 and 4.49-second 40-yard dashes in addition to a 4.44-second shuttle and 32.8-inch vertical jump. Those numbers should easily earn the rising senior increased college interest over the coming weeks.
As a junior, Simpson tallied 40 tackles and four interceptions as a strong safety for Myers Park. He made a huge impact on defense for his squad which was even more impressive when you consider it was Simpson’s first at playing varsity football. With his impressive physical build, he would appear to be a player that could potentially hold down a couple of spots on the collegiate level. Simpson said he would prefer to continue his career at defensive back.
“I’m hoping I stay at safety in college but a lot of the colleges ask me if I’m a linebacker and I’m guessing if I get any bigger they might put me at linebacker,” said Simpson. “But if I show them I can play safety, they might keep me there.”
To date Simpson has landed an early offer from East Carolina and is getting steady interest from Illinois, NC State, UNC, Appalachian State and Auburn among others. Simpson said the early pledge from the Pirates was a huge relief.
“That offer made me feel good because now I know I have somewhere to play college ball,” he said. “I mean, this was just my first year playing varsity football so it was just a big thing to me.”
In addition to the Pirates, Simpson added that a couple of additional programs have indicated they may be closing in on extending an offer as well.
“The coach from Illinois, Ron Zook, was telling my coach that he was going to send me an offer but I haven’t seen it yet,” he said. “The coach from UNC, he was saying he liked me but was waiting for my ACT score to come back and then he might offer me.”
Another school showing interest is NC State. They’ve also been involved with Simpson’s teammate, DE Brian Johnson. Simpson said he really likes the Pack’s program but isn’t quite sure if he wants to stay in-state to continue his college career.
“I’ve visited up there before and I like their program because I want to be an architect and that’s what they’re big on,” he said. “I really like their program. I like everything about State but, I mean, I kind of want to go out. I think I might want to go out of North Carolina.”
When asked about his favorites, the Pack did make the cut along with the Pirates and three out-of-state programs.
“I like Illinois, I like the Gamecocks. I also like Georgia, NC State and East Carolina.”
Simpson said he plans to attend camps at NC State, South Carolina and possibly Illinois.