'Zona receiver taking it all in

T.J. SIMPSON, formerly a verbal commitment to another Pac-10 school, continues to test the recruiting waters. The 6-2, 175-pound receiver with 4.4 speed out of Peoria, Ariz., says a number of schools are still under consideration including Washington State. He also discusses a pending unofficial trip that could very well decide where he ends up.

Simpson named five schools he said are still in the running -- ASU, Oregon, Oregon State, Nevada and Washington State.

Of those, only Oregon (Jan. 12) is currently scheduled for an official visit, although Simpson said he may set up additional visits and he also wouldn't rule out verbally committing to a school without the benefit of an official visit.

"I committed to ASU before I took my trip there," said Simpson.

Washington State is a school Simpson, who de-committed from ASU after coach Dirk Koetter was fired, said had been recruiting him before his verbal to ASU and had re-entered the picture since he opened his recruitment back up.

"It's a good school, good solid program," said Simpson. "All they're doing is going up and up."

Simpson took an official visit to Oregon State earlier this month.

"It was a good trip a good experience for me," said Simpson. "I learned a lot more about the program and the school."

A SCHOOL now decidedly back in the picture is the one he verballed to -- ASU.

"Hopefully I can take an unofficial to ASU to meet with the coaches before the (Oregon trip), I talked to coach (Eric) Yarber, the new receivers coach, and I talked to coach (Dennis) Erickson (recently). They said they were still fired up about me."

Simpson said the coaching change in Tempe hasn't affected his offer.

"My scholarship is still there, we're just taking it step by step," he said.

Asked if it now appeared likely Simpson would re-up with ASU given that he committed there once and has now had a chance to see the new coaching staff remains interested, Simpson demurred, saying he was still open with no real favorites.

"No, at this moment, I really don't know where I'll go," said Simpson.

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