Three-Star DE Taking His Time

Pack Pride has the latest on Fredericksburg (Va.) Chancellor defensive end Clinton Simpkins and his interest in NC State.

Fredericksburg (Va.) Chancellor defensive end Clinton Simpkins is up to four offers but he isn't ready to start narrowing things down just yet. The 6-3, 215 pound prospect knows of one official visit he will be taking but is prepared to take his time and wait things out.

Right now Simpkins is directing his focus towards his senior year and one record in particular that he would like to break.

"I'm mostly with my teammates right now because school starts next week," Simpkins said. "We just finished up with two-a-days last week and we had our first scrimmage last Thursday. We've got another this Thursday.

"I think I've made a lot of progress over the offseason. We'll see how everything develops. The only thing I'm shooting for is to break the schools all-time tackle record. I had 113 last year and I need 94 more tackles this year to do that."

Simpkins has not been in touch with colleges recently, but knows he will have to turn some of his focus to recruiting in the coming weeks.

"I haven't really been talking to coaches in over a month," he said. "The last ones I talked to were Coach Petri from Kentucky and Coach Hargreaves from East Carolina.

"The only official visit I know I'll be taking is to Kentucky. That's one of the only schools looking at me that I haven't actually visited yet, so I figure I might as well take an official out there."

Simpkins has already had a chance to check out NC State.

"I went there early on in the summer and it was good," he said. "I've mostly been talking to Coach Willis. He and I have a very good relationships. I probably will be taking an official there."

The talented pass rusher said he does not have any favorites at this stage in the process and will wait until the middle or end of his senior season before he makes his decision. Do any schools have an edge?

"As of right now the four schools that have offered me will be in that group I choose from in the end," he said. "That's Kentucky, NC State, West Virginia and East Carolina. I want to find a school that's not going to be too big of a change for me."

Simpkins said most schools, including NC State, are recruiting him as a defensive end.

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