Justin Northwest offensive tackle Darrell Simpson made an unofficial visit out to Texas Tech last weekend on Halloween to watch the Red Raiders in action against Oklahoma State. The class of 2018 four-star left Lubbock with a favorable first impression.
"We got up there and met with coach Emmett [Jones]. We walked around, toured their facilities a little bit. I love their campus. It looked pretty, just gorgeous. The people walking around, the atmosphere. I thought it was pretty neat how everybody didn't just skip the game because it was Halloween, they wanted to go support their Red Raiders."
Simpson was especially impressed by the play of the team in a valiant effort by Texas Tech to upset the Pokes.
"Even though they lost, they still had a good mentality. They said they were getting ready for the next game. While I was watching [the game], Le'Raven Clark, I saw him. He's a real monster on the field."
The sophomore paid particularly close attention to Clark as the game wore on.
"They were switching on and off, the D-ends. He finished his blocks and he was showing that he should be in the NFL."
Simpson also witnessed the incredible heads-up play Clark made by catching a deflected pass and taking it for a few more yards.
"I mean, I guess that's the hope of all big men, getting to do that one day, since they don't get the ball that much."
The 6-foot-7, 310-pound prospect likely won't be catching too many passes in college, but saw some other familiar things during the game - particularly the offensive scheme.
"It's almost like how we do it at Northwest, a hurry-up passing offense."
Simpson was impressed by the coaching staff during the visit.
"They were down-to-earth, and they were willing to take time out of their day to talk and show us around."
Texas Tech Director of Player Development Emmett Jones is leading the way for the Red Raiders in Simpson's recruitment, and the visit was an opportunity for the player and coach to build their relationship.
"He was talking about how grades are important, and how Texas Tech has a lot to offer. He talked about how they're trying to get some of their players into the Draft and how they have a good O-line."
Simpson is contemplating taking another visit out to Lubbock, though he'll have to consult his parents first.
"It was a great visit. I'll probably have to get with my parents since they're the ones driving. They said they liked it and how all the coaches were acting. They loved the campus."
Simpson holds offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Kansas, among others.