Many prospects have been narrowing down their respective school lists recently, and Harrisburg High School (PA) tailback Mikell Simpson is no different. Simpson narrowed his list to 11 schools last week, and looks forward to the ensuing Evaluation period in order to help narrow his list further.
“It’s down to 11,” Simpson said. “They are Michigan State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Carolina, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State, Virginia, UCLA and Alabama. Right now they are all even except for the 3 schools (Nebraska, UCLA, Virginia) I mentioned that are recruiting me the hardest. Once September starts, they’ll all be even until I can talk to coaches and see how they are and if I’m comfortable with them. Depending on how the conversations go, I’ll see who I like the best and who I don’t like.”
Simpson plans to have all 5 official visits scheduled by the end of his senior season.
“By the end of my season I’ll have narrowed it down to my 5 official visits,” Simpson said. “As I go, I’ll narrow things down. Then I’ll have my official visits set by the end of the season. I’ll take my visits and then make my decision, but I probably won’t announce it publicly until Signing Day.”
The schools that made the initial cut all had several major things in common…they are all recruiting him strictly as a running back, and he feels early playing time is a possibility.
“I chose the schools based on opportunity to come in and play as a freshman, who is recruiting me the hardest and who was recruiting me as a running back,” Simpson said.
It appears Simpson will likely take his recruiting process to the end. Comfort level with the program, including the coaches and the players, will be a large part of his decision. Simpson says he will also be interested in how teams fare this season.
“The team, what my future teammates would be like and playing time coming in,” Simpson said when asked what the major factors will be in his decision. “And I want to go to a team on the rise. I don’t want to choose a team that is going down in the wrong direction.”
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