'Zona playmaker tripping to OSU

AMONG THE TOP RECEIVER targets for Oregon State this recruiting class is T.J. Simpson. The 6-2, 175-pound receiver was a one-time verbal commitment to Arizona State but after the Sun Devils' coaching change, opened his recruitment back up. A group of four is standing out for Simpson, one of whom includes the Beavs. He officially trips to Corvallis this weekend.

On his official visit, Simpson said he'll be looking at how comfortable he feels with the Beaver players and coaches. And finding out more about the Beaver offensive attack.

"Oregon State, they've been there for me since Day One and I know they have a good program," said Simpson. "What they did this year, they pulled off some big ones."

In addition to the Beavs, three other schools are catching Simpson's eye most at the moment -- Oregon, Washington State and Nevada. All have offered. He does not have a frontrunner.

"Right now, every school is dead-even," said Simpson. "It'll be mostly about wherever I feel comfortable at, with the staff and the team."

An official is scheduled for Oregon on Jan. 12. The weekend before, Jan. 5, could also be filled in the coming weeks, possibly to either Washington State or Nevada. ASU, the school Simpson de-committed from following the coaching change, had not been in contact as of Tuesday afternoon, he said.

Washington State was by for an in-home visit this past week, which Simpson said went well.

"They've been there since the jump-start and once I de-committed, they came back on the scene and started talking to me again," said Simpson.

Distance doesn't look to be part of the equation.

"I'm trying to stay West, but that's about it," said Simpson.

T.J. Simpson profile and video

NOTABLE NOTES AND QUOTES:
  • Simpson this year averaged over 19 yards a catch, hauling in 45 catches for 872 yards with nine receiving TDs, 11 total. He also carried the ball eight times for 169 yards and two TDs including an 80-yard dash to the house, and returned 12 kickoffs for 175 yards.

    Washington State - "Washington State, they run a good program. They're receiver friendly, like all of these schools are that have offered me. They've been there since the jump-start and once I de-committed, they came back on the scene and started talking to me again."
    Nevada - "I really like that (Pistol) offense and what they're doing over there, they turned it around and made it to a Bowl game, playing Miami."
    Oregon - "They're known for their passing, and they have a good program."

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