They Call him "Fast Eddie"

The biggest chuckle at the signing day press conference was when <b>Eddie Simpson</b> introduced his video, and made a reference to the coach who recruited him...</font> <p>He then proceeded to show why some NU insiders say he hits like "hoodie."

North Shore linebacker/safety Eddie Simpson talks about his signing, Coach Walker and future at Northwestern in this exclusive Purple Reign interview.

Sporting a black shirt and black pants with dark purple tie, "Fast" Eddie Simpson was more concerned about locating his belt on Wednesday than inking a letter of intent with the Wildcats.

Yet, as he stood near North Shore's tradition-rich trophy cases, which bear countless images of former products such as Cory Redding (Texas) and Tiki Hardeman (Texas A&M), Simpson sparkled in the spotlight during this interview with Houston Sports Writer Thayer Evans.

Evans: Congratulations on your decision today, how does it feel to be a Wildcat?

Simpson: "It's unbelievable basically. It's the opportunity of a lifetime to play in a conference like the Big Ten and get an education at Northwestern. I can't wait to get up there."

Evans: Besides Northwestern, what other schools did you consider?

Simpson: "North Texas, Tulane, Arkansas State and Stephen F. Austin."

Evans: What are your thoughts on Coach Walker?

Simpson: "He's a cool guy. He made me feel really at home. That's nice, because Houston is a long ways from Chicago. I appreciate that."

Evans: Why did you choose Northwestern?

Simpson: "For one, the academics. The 100 percent graduation rate really got my attention. Plus, I can't wait to play in the Big Ten. Ohio State just won the national championship, so I'm ready to drop Maurice Clarett. Let's get it on."

Evans: Do you expect to play as a true freshman next season?

Simpson: "The coaches want me to be in shape when I report, because if I don't start, they want to at least use me on special teams. I'll do whatever it takes."

Evans: What are your personal goals as a freshman?

Simpson: "I want to play as a freshman and help the team win. Maybe I'll be freshman of the year."

Evans: What are your strengths on the football field?

Simpson: "My ability to rush the passer, cover and play the run as well. I've been told that I do stuff that's never been done before."

Evans: Where do you need improvement?

Simpson: "My weakness is pass coverage, because I haven't worked on it much yet. Some people say my weakness is my size. I guess I'm little or something."

Evans: Again, congratulations on signing with Northwestern

Simpson: Thanks. I appreciate that."
[Thayer Evans is a Houston-based freelance writer who contributes regularly to the Daily Oklahoman, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald and Washington Post. He also writes for a number of Internet sites, including and]

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