The decision of Harrisburg High School’s (PA) outstanding tailback Mikell Simpson is very likely to come in the next two weeks. The 6-1, 185-pound prospect’s official visit to the University of Florida was his 5th overall official visit. He has narrowed his list to Alabama, Florida and Virginia, and plans to use this week to choose among the 3.
“I’m going to talk with my father and my coaches this week and figure out the best place for me,” Simpson said. “I’m planning on telling the coaches of my decision on Friday. I was planning to have a press conference on January 28th, but we may move it up. I was talking with my father, and we’ll most likely move it to next Wednesday the 26th. It’s not set in stone yet though. I have to talk to our athletic director.
“This decision is going to be really tough. It’s not a decision just for next year – it’s going to be for the next 4 years of my life.”
Before the visit to Gainesville this past weekend, Simpson had stated that Alabama and Virginia were his top two schools. Did the Florida visit change anything?
“I’d have to say they are all even,” Simpson replied. All 3 schools are expected on in-home visits this week. “The visit [to Florida] was great. The main positives of the trip was the stadium and the players were very cool. The coaching staff is cool. The football environment reminded me of Alabama.”
Simpson has mentioned that he likes the atmosphere’s at both Alabama and Florida. How does Virginia compare with those two schools?
“I’d say Alabama and Florida have bigger stadiums so they are louder, but that’s not going to play too much at all in my decision,” Simpson said.
What will be the primary factors in the final decision?
“Really, it’s going to be playing time and if I’m comfortable with the style of offense,” Simpson said. “There are 3 different styles to choose from. Virginia would basically use me in place of Alvin Pearman. I’d also be used on special teams for punt returns and kick-off returns. That’s what Coach Groh was showing me when he brought the videos of Curtis Martin and Pearman in. Alabama uses a lot of I-formation and Florida is wide open. Florida doesn’t even use a fullback – it’s mainly two tailbacks on the field at the same time.
“I see myself fitting in all of these systems. I just have to figure out...
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