DB Prospect High on UCLA

<b>Clarence Simpson</b>, the big cornerback prospect from Sylmar, is a long-time UCLA fan. He talks about the attention and the offers he's recently received, and the time frame for his recruiting and a possible commitment...

Clarence Simpson, 6-3, 190, 4.5, Sylmar (Calif.) High,  has had an outstanding senior year and as a result has received serious interest from a number of west coast schools. He is known to be a long-time UCLA fan with a tight family who is leaning to staying close to home.


Asked which schools he is most interested in and which he is hearing from the most, Simpson said, "I have a top five of UCLA, Arizona State, Washington, Cal and Fresno State. Fresno State was the first school to offer me back in August, and I just got an offer from UCLA. They sent a written offer, and I have been talking to coach (Gary) Bernardi."


Simpson has set up three official visits so far. "I'm going to Fresno State December 6, Arizona State on December 13, and Washington on December 20. I will probably go on an official visit to UCLA in January."


He said that he doesn't want to wait until February to make a decision, and he may decide before the end of the year. "I don't think I'll take all five visits," Simpson said. "I may only take the three visits before I make a decision."


Sylmar finished the season 8-3 and was upset in the first round of the playoffs by Gardena, 23-17. While Simpson plays both ways, he is a unique cornerback in that he is so tall. "My height has been a big advantage for me. I played cornerback the entire season. On offense I play wide receiver, but all the schools are recruiting me for defense."


As far as staying close to home, Simpson said, "I believe my family would like to see me stay close to home, so they could see me play. They really like UCLA. We went to the game Saturday, and I understand it was a tough loss. Teams always go through things like that. Sometimes it can just be a fluke. It's really no big deal."


Simpson also runs track. He has a personal best 10.8 in the 100. He also runs on the 4X100 relay team and competes in the high jump. He has a personal best of 6-4.


He is fully qualified.



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