Mikell Simpson Sets Visit

One of UCLA's big targets at running back, <b>Mikell Simpson</b> from Pennsylvania, has set up his first official visit in December -- and it's with UCLA...

Now that star running back Mikell Simpson, 6-1, 200, Harrisburg (Penn.) High, has narrowed his field to a final 11, the next step is picking his final five to officially visit.

One team has made it through the next cut. "I am going to UCLA on December 3rd," said Simpson. "UCLA gives me a chance to get out west and see what it's like. It might be a better fit for me to get away and I look forward to seeing what the program is all about. My father is thinking about taking the trip with me."

He is being recruited to the Bruins by running backs coach Eric Bieniemy, and Simpson elaborated on what having a coach like Bieniemy could do for his game. "He has been through it before. He has been through everything before and he has been to where I want to go (the NFL)."

The running back would not say where else he will trip to, but chances are Nebraska has a good shot. "Nebraska has a great tradition. They are always winning there. They are running the west coast offense now and I think that is the offense that would benefit me the best as a running back. I grew up watching Nebraska and Miami. Those were my two teams."

He is being recruited to Lincoln by defensive backs coach Phil Elmassian.

Simpson has a simple criterion in choosing a school. "I want to find a place that I can come in and play right away at. A place that I do not have to redshirt. So I will be looking at where the best fit for me is in that regard."

He has not scheduled any other visits. "I will probably do that around the end of next month."

All schools involved see him in the offensive backfield.

Harrisburg is 1-1 on the season. In the first game, he had 11 rushes for 95 yards and two catches for 40 yards. In the second game, he had five rushes for 45 yards and two touchdowns and three catches for 30 yards.

His squad takes on Harrisburg Central Dauphin, tonight.


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