Simpson Gets Good News

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Mikell Simpson ’s summer became much more relaxing yesterday, when he received his SAT scores. With the score he received, Simpson has now met NCAA qualification guidelines assuming he keeps up his grade point average.

“Everything’s going good,” Simpson said of his summer. “Yesterday I found out something that’s a big relief for me. I scored an 890 on the SAT. I have a 2.8 GPA, so I’ve qualified. I might take the SAT again after the season just to get better, but we’ll see.”

The 6-1, 185 pound star running back out of Harrisburg High School (PA) is now ready to roll for his senior season. As a junior last season, the versatile back rushed for 862 yards on 88 carries, caught 23 passes for 520 yards, and scored 21 touchdowns in total. Simpson is anxious for his team to build upon the 8-3 record of last season.

“Last year we really bounced back from a horrible year,” Simpson said. “The year before we went 1-9, but we got a new coach (George Chaump) and we went 8-3 last year. We went to Districts for the first time in a long time. We beat Cumberland Valley twice, and they were nationally ranked last year. This year, we’re coming in at number one and we’re ready to go.”

Simpson is also ready to see more action on the field. He plays offense (tailback and wide receiver), defense (strong-side cornerback), and special teams (kick-returner, punt-returner, and punter), and looks forward to more touches on the offensive side of the ball. He will have his chance.

“My coach admitted after last year was over that one of the mistakes he made was not getting me the ball more,” Simpson said. “I touched the ball about 12 times per game last year. Next year I think I’ll get it about 20 times a game.”

A talented player, Simpson boasts excellent athleticism to boot. During the Nike Camp in State College (PA), he posted a 4.38 in the 40 yard dash, a 4.06 in the 20-yard shuttle, benched 185 pounds 18 times, and showed a 30-inch vertical leap.

Simpson has earned 13 scholarship offers, including Connecticut, Boston College, West Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan State, UNC, Virginia, Nebraska, UCLA, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, and Louisville. All except for Boston College are recruiting Simpson to play tailback. BC likes him on defense.

At this point, he didn’t name any favorites.

“Not at this point,” Simpson said when asked if he had any favorites. “I’m going to get a top ten by the end of the month. Me and my Dad are going to call