Cavs and Tide Lead for PA Star

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The University of Virginia has turned up the intensity in their recruitment of Harrisburg (PA) tailback Mikell Simpson . Bob Price and Anthony Poindexter visited Harrisburg High School on December 10th and Price followed up with an in-home with the Simpson’s on December 12th. What did Price have to say to Simpson on the in-home?

“Basically, he was saying that he doesn’t want anybody else’s decision to have a big influence on my decision,” Simpson said. “If I feel comfortable at a place, I should just go there.”

Before UVa’s latest surge, Simpson had thought Alabama was recruiting him the hardest. UVa appears to have caught the Tide in that department.

“Yes they are,” Simpson replied when asked if he thought UVa was now recruiting him equally as hard as Alabama. “Alabama and Virginia are even on virtually all angles I think.”

Simpson, who has taken official visits to Alabama, Michigan State, UCLA and UVa, is still considering a 5th visit but that is extremely questionable right now. If he doesn’t take another visit, then his decision will come between Alabama and Virginia.

“I’m still considering a 5th visit a little bit,” Simpson said. “I’m not sure though. In early January, I’m going to call USC, UNC and West Virginia to talk about an official visit. If I decide that I don’t want to take another visit, I’ll take a week or so to think about my top 2 schools.

“Right now, my decision is really between Alabama and Virginia. I really think it’s going to be between those 2 schools.”

When asked if he could have a decision made by early January, Simpson said “maybe. That would be the earliest.”

Simpson says that Alabama and Virginia are “even” right now. He discussed how he will make a final decision.

“Basically, I’m going to put everything down in a lot of detail,” Simpson said. “I’ll write down the campus, social life and anything else I can think of and check what the positives were for each school. Then I’ll go from there.”

What does he like right now about each school?

“For Virginia, I like the conference that they are in,” Simpson said. “The SEC is good too, but I’ve always wanted to play against the Miami’s and Florida State’s. The football program is really coming up. They have a great recruiting class. The only thing that’s not good was that I really wasn’t around a lot of players on my visit.