UVa made an in-home visit with Harrisburg (PA) running back recruit Mikell Simpson last Friday. Al Groh and Bob Price were on hand to try and impress the 6-1, 185-pound prospect with 4.38 speed in the 40, and it appears they succeeded.
“Basically, Coach Groh brought up three videos – one of Curtis Martin, one of Alvin Pearman and one of Mikell,” Mikell Simpson ‘s father said. “He was just showing that he has run the same offense when he was in the NFL and in college and that Mikell would fit the offense. They use the same formations and they use the running backs a lot like Mikell was used in high school. He sees a lot of similarities in the backs he has coaches before and Mikell. He was saying that the system fits Mikell and he’s what UVa’s is looking for. Coach Groh was telling us how much he needs him. He said that if recruiting was an NFL Draft, Mikell would be in his top 3 draft choices. He sees him as a bigger, faster version of Alvin Pearman.
“The visit went very good. Mikell was very impressed.”
Groh also addressed the recruitment of Toney Baker , who is another one of UVa’s top remaining targets.
“He said they would take Baker in a heartbeat, but that [Baker and Simpson] are different kinds of backs and they would use them both,” Mikell’s father said.
Neither Groh or Price tried to get a commitment out of Simpson.
“Coach Groh told Mikell that, while he knows Mikell could play anywhere in the country, Mikell just needs to go to system and the school he fits in the best,” Mikell’s father said. “He just needs to go where he feels comfortable.”
This weekend, Simpson will head to the University of Florida for an official visit. The Gators called last week and were up at the school last Friday and will offer.
“He’s going down there next weekend,” Mikell’s father said. “Honestly I’m not putting too much into it. Virginia and Alabama have been in on Mikell since the beginning. I can’t speak for Mikell, but I doubt Florida would be able to get up with those two.”
Alabama and Virginia continue to be “even” for Simpson. Florida has a lot of ground to make up but they will have their chance. Following the visit, Simpson plans to have a decision made by the end of next week. He will inform the coaches of his choice but will not announce anything until Signing Day.