Could Be Simpson's Last Visit

<b>Mikell Simpson</b>, the #17-ranked running back in the country from Harrisburg (Penn.) High, has already taken three official visits and will take another to UCLA this weekend...

Harrisburg (Penn.) High, running back Mikell Simpson (6-1, 195) will be making his fourth and possibly last official visit this weekend when he trips to UCLA.

It will also be Simpson's first visit to California, and he said it was more than just a free trip to Hollywood for him for him.

"No sir, UCLA is a real possibility for me," said Simpson, who injured his knee this season. "They've stuck with me through the injury and I love talking with Coach (Eric) Bieniemy. I'm real serious about them."

Simpson has taken his three previous trips to Virginia, Michigan State and Alabama. And while he said that he doesn't have a leader, his trip to Alabama was enough to make them the most serious player in his recruitment. "Tuscaloosa was just a great time. They lost the game (to Auburn), but their fans were awesome. I love the staff there, and they could let me play early," said Simpson.

The Bruins have offered Simpson, his lone offer from the West, to go along with official offers from the three schools he's visited, plus Nebraska, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Louisville, Indiana, Boston College, West Virginia and Connecticut.

Nebraska was one school who was heavily involved with Simpson but they received commitments from Leon Jackson (Pasco, WA) and Marlon Lucky (North Hollywood, CA), creating a logjam of young running backs. "Nebraska just took too many running backs," said Simpson.

Simpson tore the meniscus in his knee, cutting short his senior year, but he said it may have been a blessing in disguise. "I've been in therapy to make it stronger, and it's helping out. I should be able to play in the fall. It's allowed me to re-focus, though. My grades are coming up too."

While he has three visits out of the way and one more planned, he hasn't set a fifth one and is unsure if he will take it. Simpson said, "I'm not sure if I need a fifth visit. After UCLA it could be that I've seen enough for me to make a decision."

Simpson has a 2.8 GPA and has a 770 on his SAT, but plans to retake it.


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