A rising player on the West Coast for 2016 is Pacific Palisades (CA) Charter junior middle linebacker Alec Simpson. Many schools have start inquiring about the talented linebacker, including Wisconsin.
“Wisconsin is showing lots of interest,” Simpson told BadgerNation. “I've talked with (recruiting coordinator) Vincent Guinta, and he loves my size for Big Ten football. He's going to watch more film on me soon.”
The Badgers have been active in California since Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen was hired in December 2012, signing one prospect in 2013 and getting two committed thus far in 2015. Wisconsin is too far a jaunt for a handful of West Coast prospects, but Simpson likes the Badgers for the campus’ proximity to some of his family in Illinois.
“I'm definitely interested,” said Simpson. “They are in the Big Ten and near a big city. It's a possibility for sure I might visit Wisconsin. It's a blessing to be recruited by them.”
The 6-3, 205-pound Simpson – rated an early three-star prospect by Scout.com - has a deep respect for the Wisconsin program and would be honored if they extended an offer.
“It would be huge,” said Simpson. “A Big Ten offer would be great, especially from Wisconsin, who has been in the Rose Bowl often these last couple years. They are a top team.”
Wisconsin isn’t the only school who has begun to establish a relationship with Simpson. Holding an early offer from Nevada, Simpson is also hearing from BYU, California, Nebraska, Washington and Washington State.
“My recruitment is going great,” said Simpson. “I do not have upcoming visits yet, but I just visited UCLA for a game over the weekend. It was just a local trip. I am definitely doing all my visits after the season.”