Q&A: Mikell Simpson

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Harrisburg High School (PA) 4-star prospect Mikell Simpson , a 6-1, 185-pound tailback who posted a 4.38 time in the 40-yard dash during a Nike Camp earlier this year, made an official visit to UVa this past weekend. TheSabre.com caught up with him last night for an interview on his experience. It was his 3rd visit to UVa overall. Simpson is also considering Michigan State, Alabama and UCLA. He made an official visit to Michigan State the previous weekend and has visits set to Alabama and UCLA.

TheSabre.com: Overall, how was the visit?

Mikell Simpson : “I loved the visit. The game atmosphere was unbelievable. The support they have is great.”

TheSabre.com: Who was your host on the visit?

Mikell Simpson : “My host was Lance Evans. He couldn’t play in the game because of an ankle he hurt against Maryland. He was a cool guy. He told me how Coach Groh is and that he really plays freshman if they are ready. He said Coach Groh is fair and all spots are open. The best player plays.”

TheSabre.com: With playing time being a big factor for you, was it a positive finding out that Coach Groh will play freshmen?

Mikell Simpson : “That’s a great factor. Alvin Pearman’s the main guy of 3 backs that they use and he’s leaving this year. Maybe I can step in and have a chance to fill the role that Alvin Pearman has this year.”

TheSabre.com: Did you talk to Evans a lot about the program?

Mikell Simpson : “I didn’t ask him much about the program. I was speaking mostly to the coaches about that stuff. But they informed me of a lot of the issues so I didn’t have any questions. Plus I talk to them on a consistent basis, so whenever I’ve had a question before I’d just ask them over the phone.”

TheSabre.com: How did you feel UVa played on Saturday?

Mikell Simpson : “I think they did pretty well. They made some mistakes, but they were still hanging in there. They were only short a couple of players. They are bringing in the #1 recruiting class in the country this year and they’re moving in the right direction.”

TheSabre.com: Did any of the players or coaches talk to you about committing on the trip?

Mikell Simpson