Simpson Close to Narrowing List

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Harrisburg (PA) tailback Mikell Simpson may be ready to make his first cut of potential schools. The versatile 6-1, 185-pound back could have narrowed his list to just 10 schools by the beginning of next week.

“Next Monday I should have my top 10,” Simpson said. “Basically I’ll narrow it down based on my own research. I don’t know right now who will be in there. I’m getting in contact with as many coaches as I can to see where I stand with each of them.

“After my season is over, I will narrow my list to 5 and set up official visits. I’ll probably decide on Signing Day unless something happens on one of my visits.”

In our last update, Mikell had just received a qualifying SAT score of 890 to go along with his 2.8 grade point average. Ever since he made the qualifying score, he has seen several more schools pick up their recruitment.

“Alabama, Purdue, Illinois, N.C. State, Minnesota and Ohio State are all recruiting me hard [since receiving the test score],” Simpson said. “Ohio State verbally offered. I haven’t received anything in writing, but I can tell they are a lot more interested because they are sending me 2 or 3 letters a day now.”

Simpson may not be able to make too many unofficial visits this Fall to see games. Most of his games are on Saturdays, so finding time to make these trips will be difficult. It is likely therefore that he will only be able to take official visits.

“I’m just going to take officials,” Simpson said. “I might check out a game or two, but I won’t really know when I can go until I can look at the schedule. Most of our games are on Saturdays.”

Among the 13 official scholarship offers, Simpson notes 3 schools that are recruiting him the hardest. He did not say any of them would make his top 10, but did say he would give each an extremely hard look.

“UCLA, Nebraska and Virginia are the three schools recruiting me the hardest,” Simpson said. “I have to look at them hard just because of that.”

While he is busy narrowing his list, Simpson will also continue to prepare for his senior season. With improved strength and speed, he is as confident as ever heading into his final high school football stint.

“I’ve improved my strength and speed,” Simpson said. “I worked harder on the weights this year than I did last year. We test this Thursday. I can feel how much I’ve