Mikell Makes 4th Official Visit

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Heading into his official visit to UCLA last weekend, Harrisburg (PA) tailback Mikell Simpson had Alabama and Virginia at the top of his list. Following the trip to the Pac-10 program, Simpson discussed what he likes about the Bruins and answers if it’s enough to put them at the top with the Cavs and Tide.

“It was nice out there,” Simpson said. “I really enjoyed the environment and the setting. I liked the city life. I liked L.A. itself. There’s a lot of things to do. The players are cool. I was hosted by Maurice Drew. The only down about the trip was the facilities. I thought that, for a school that’s a national contender, they’d have better facilities. Another question is the depth chart. They have 3 young running backs that they alternate now, so I’ll have to look into that more. But I love the coaching staff, especially Coach Bieniemy. He is the running backs coach. He’s honest and upfront and I respect him a lot.”

So is UCLA in the mix along with Alabama and Virginia?

“Pretty much,” Simpson said. “But like I said, the facilities weren’t impressive. I liked the facilities at Virginia and Alabama. I liked everything about those 2 schools.”

Alabama made another in-home visit with Simpson yesterday – the 2nd in-home visit from the Crimson Tide in as many weeks. Head Coach Mike Shula and assistant coach Sparky Woods were in-home last week while Woods was the only one in-home this week. The in-homes have had a positive effect for Alabama.

“Coach Woods came by again this week,” Simpson said. “I was impressed that Alabama’s Head Coach was in-home the first week he could do that and I was impressed that they would come 2 weeks in a row. That shows me a lot. That’s going to be in the back of my mind when decision time comes.”

UVa assistant coach Bob Price was in-home with Simpson last week. Right now, Simpson feels like Alabama is recruiting him the hardest out of all of the schools involved but acknowledges UVa could be back this week.

“Right now I feel like Alabama may be recruiting me harder, but it’s still early in the week,” Simpson said. “Virginia just hasn’t been in contact this week, so I don’t know if they are coming or not.”

Simpson’s visit to UCLA was his 4th overall official visit. He now says he will indeed make a 5th visit and is considering several schools for the spot – including a new school on the list.