Pennsylvania Running Back <br>Mikell Simpson

Pennsylvania running back prospect <b>Mikell Simpson</b> has a good collection of schools recruiting him, and UCLA stands out as the one west coast school. Will he visit UCLA officially?

One of the top running backs in Pennsylvania this year will be Harrisburgh (Penn.) High's Mikell Simpson (6-1, 195).

Amongst a host of colleges that are recruiting Simpson is a school on the west coast.

"I have offers from West Virginia, Virginia, Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and UCLA. I have a feeling Penn State is going to offer soon, and Pittsburgh is coming by, but I haven't heard a whole lot from," said Simpson.

Simpson was recruited originally by UCLA defensive line coach Don Johnson but, as is often the case, running back coach Eric Bieniemy has stepped in.

"Coach Johnson came by earlier, and I missed him. But then about a week later, coach Bieniemy came by and we talked. He is just a real cool person. He has been there and played the game. I have a lot of respect for him. He said I'm the type of running back they're looking for."

With a quiet period in effect, Simpson still is getting several letters, though he isn't in a hurry to make a decision, let alone narrow down his to list. He said, "I'm very wide open right now. After my season, I'll narrow it down to the five schools that I am going to visit. Then I will decide on Signing Day."

Simpson did say one place he is positive about officially visiting is UCLA. "I am going to go out and visit UCLA for sure. They are definitely getting a visit from me."

His family has no problem with him leaving the area, even if it's coming far west. "They are leaving it up to me," he said. "They support me on whatever decision I make."

As a junior, Simpson rushed for 882 yards on 88 carries and scored 21 touchdowns, while also having 23 catches for 520 yards. As a defensive back, he had 57 tackles and five interceptions. In addition, he had 423 yards on ten kickoff returns with two taken back for scores, and 12 punt returns for 362 yards and a touchdown.

Simpson has a 2.8 GPA and just took the SAT again this weekend.

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