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?[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 OUInsider.com and Phog.net]
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."
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