Decision Time for PA RB?

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Harrisburg (PA) running back Mikell Simpson was considering a 5th official visit, which would take place in the month of January. He has made a decision on the issue.

“No, I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Simpson said. “I’m not going anywhere else. It’s going to be between Alabama and Virginia.”

Both schools are recruiting the 6-1, 185-pound prospect as a tailback. Simpson possesses excellent speed (4.38 in the 40 at the Nike Camp) and versatility. In high school, he played tailback primarily but was moved to slot receiver in certain situations.

Both schools are indicating that they will wait for him to make a decision.

“Neither school is pressuring me to make a commitment,” Simpson said. “They both are holding a spot for me.”

Whenever Simpson comes to a decision, he plans to hold a press conference announcing his plans. When does Simpson expect to have a decision?

“I’ll have something around the mid to the end of January,” Simpson said.

“It’s a tough decision. I thought one would stand out after the visits but that hasn’t happened. They are both equal right now. Some days I think Alabama and some days I think Virginia. I just need to sit down and think hard about my decision. I can’t really go wrong with either school. On all of the big things, they are pretty much even. Both are good programs, good academics and playing time is about the same for both.”

Simpson watched both teams in postseason action – UVa versus Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl and Alabama versus Minnesota in the Music City Bowl. What did he think of those games?

“I thought Virginia got out to a good start, but they started relaxing and going through the motions once they got a good lead,” Simpson said. “Alabama was behind from the start but they fought hard until the end.

“I could see myself in both offenses. Both involve the running backs in the passing game.”

Alabama and Virginia will make in-home visits this week. UVa Coach Bob Price is expected to be in-home towards the end of the week. Al Groh will probably make an in-home this month, as he has not yet been in-home with Simpson. Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula has used his one in-home opportunity with Simpson.


Simpson suffered a season-ending knee injury (torn meniscus in his left knee), but is on track