Simpson Hoping For More

Mikell Simpson has recently begun to pick up buzz in the recruiting world. One of Pennsylvania's top athletes, Simpson aleady sports a very impressive list of offers. Which schools have offered? Who does Mikell hope will offer? Does he have a timeframe as to when a decision might come?

Name: Mikell Simpson
Position: RB/DB
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195 pounds
40 Speed: 4.38 seconds
Hometown/School: Harrisburg, Pa. (Harrisburg HS)

Despite already being qualified, Harrisburg HS running back/defensive back hopes a higher SAT score will bring in more offers to add to an already plump list.  The 6'1'', 195-pounder already sports written offers from Virginia, Nebraska, Ucla, North Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Boston College, and Indiana, in addition to verbal offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Rutgers, and Louisville.

Which schools does Mikell hope will offer once his test scores come back?

"Both in-state schools (Penn State and Pittsburgh), Miami, Florida, and Michigan."

Both Pitt and Penn State have been in contact with Mikell recently and have shown interest recently, but an offer from either right now appears uncertain.

"I've been to Pittsburgh twice.  I called them last week to see if they were going to offer me and they were saying that they're going to wait until they get their recruiting board together.  I'm not sure about them."

"I was just at Penn State for a 7-on-7.  I got to see one of their coaches, I'm not sure of his name, and they're very interested in me too," explained Mikell, who described a coach very similar to defensive backs coach Brian Norwood.

What did he and the Penn State coach talk during his visit to Happy Valley with his Harrisburg HS teammates?

"He was asking how I feel about playing offense towards defense.  They're going to keep an eye on me and they watched me.  We played against Justin King's team, Gateway (HS), in the 7-on-7.  All their coaches were around there watching that game," stated Mikell.  "They got in contact with my coach (George Chaump) but he didn't say too much about [an offer].  I sent them a highlight tape and they said they're really excited about it.  They're just going to have to further recruit me."

Mikell performed well against Gateway and the #1 player in the state, although he said he did not go head to head with Justin.

"I didn't have to go against him, but I had four or five touchdowns against his team."

Mikell admitted that he prefers offense to defense, a choice that may have a bearing on his decision.  What position are most colleges recruiting him to play?

"Most of the offers, except for Boston College, are for running back.  Boston College offered for defense."

Mikell has never attended a major college game yet, but he has taken unofficial trips to Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Michigan, and Maryland.

What did he think of Penn State during his unofficial visit?

"It's a nice school.  I like the environment up there.  A lot of people from my school attended Penn State.  So if I ever have any questions, I can always ask anyone that played football up there.  One of our coaches, Ahmad Collins, he used to play up there," explained Simpson, who also said he knows current Nittany Lions Brent Wise and Dan Lawlor.

Does Mikell have a school or schools that have taken the lead?

"I really don't have any favorites.  I'm just interested in anybody who's interested in me right now.  Of course the schools that offered me stand out just a little more than those just writing me."

Growing up in a football rich state, did Mikell follow any college that he could call his childhood favorite?

"I grew up kind of liking Miami and Nebraska.  I used to like Penn State when they had Kerry Collins and Ki-Jana Carter.  Wow, that ‘94 team," admitted Mikell.

Despite heading up to Penn State with his team, Mikell said he would neither attend camps nor does he have any unofficial visits planned.

"I'm just waiting to see all of my options and then take my five official visits to make my decision."

Mikell also indicated that distance will not factor into his decision.

"It doesn't matter; wherever best I fit in.  I have to go away from home anyway, so I might as well go wherever I can fit in best," said Mikell.

"They'll be no early commitments or anything like that."

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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