RB Simpson Starting Visits Thursday

Easton (Pa.) Area running back Shane Simpson will make a visit to the school closets to his home Thursday, but several other trips to ACC schools are possible.

The offers are yet to be extended to Easton (Pa.) Area running back Shane Simpson, but interest is picking up and he is about to begin his spring visit schedule.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Simpson will be at Rutgers on Thursday, and is planning visits to Boston College and Pittsburgh. He is also being recruited by Wisconsin, Duke, North Carolina State, Army, Nebraska and Akron.

"No one has offered yet," Simpson said. "It's just a lot of interest."

Simpson, who also plays cornerback, believes one of the reasons schools are yet to offer stems from a pair of injuries. He broke his ankle at the end of his sophomore season, and in 2013 he was limited because of injuries, although he did rush for 1,109 yards and 14 touchdowns.

His trip to Rutgers will be an easy one because of proximity, and it will give him a chance to learn more about the closes FBS school to his home.

"I know a little bit because my uncle went to college there," Simpson said. "He tells me a little bit about it. He says it is one of the best colleges in the nation (academically). They sent me an email telling me to check out one of their practices.

"It's close by, and it's a good school. It's 45 minutes away, so it should be a nice drive and a good experience. Coach (Kyle) Flood sends me a lot of letters."

Simpson's latest visit was to Wisconsin at the end o the 2013 season, he enjoyed what he saw off and on the field.

"When I went out for a visit, they ran the same offense I do at Easton," he said. "It's a pro-style, typical I-formation and just ground and pound, just like at our school, so I liked it a lot."

Academics are important to Simpson, and Duke's prestige has his attention.

"I don't really know too much about Duke because they're not a really big football school until this year when they started upsetting everybody," Simpson said. "But I like what the coach is doing. He gets his players involved and he likes to run a lot, which I like as a running back."

Pittsburgh already recruits eastern Pennsylvania well, and Simpson is in the process of scheduling a visit there.

"I watched Pitt a lot last year because of Devin Street," Simpson said. "He is from this area, and I'm good friends with him and I keep in contact with him. He said he loves it over there; the environment, the coaches, everything."

After Rutgers, though, his next trip looks to be to Boston College.

"I was supposed to go up there for junior day but I had to cancel. I'm going to schedule it soon," he said. "But (running back) Andre Williams, I know him because he's from (Schnecksville, Pa.). It's a good academic school, and they're football team knows how to win. I'd like to go to a winning program."

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