Harrisburg (PA) star Mikell Simpson has a much clearer picture now of which schools he will make official visits to. The 6-1, 185-pound tailback recruit knows 4 schools he will officially visit. In addition to the visit he has set to UCLA for December 4th, he has tentative dates set with 2 schools.
“I don’t have any other visits [besides UCLA] officially set,” Simpson said. “I am in the process of doing that now. I’m pretty sure I’m going to Virginia for the Miami game on November 13th. I’ll be going to Alabama for the Auburn game [on November 20th]. After the season I’ll go to Nebraska. The 5th one is most likely Michigan State or Ohio State. Ohio State hasn’t offered, which is why I’m holding them off right now.
“I’m set on those schools right now. Minnesota is the only other school I’m still really considering.”
There are currently no favorites among the 7 schools remaining under consideration. These programs have climbed to the top of Simpson’s list because “I felt comfortable talking to these coaches more than the others,” Simpson said. “These are the coaches that have called every week too.”
Simpson wants to take all 5 visits and then make a decision. He says it is very unlikely that he would decide before completing all 5 trips.
“Unless something extreme happens and a school catches my eye, then I’m going to sit and think about it after I take all of my visits,” Simpson said. “I want to make a good list/bad list of what I’d seen.”
Official visits will be a major factor in Simpson’s college decision. It doesn’t appear that location will be much of a factor at all in his decision.
“Not at all,” Simpson replied when asked if location would be a factor. “I’m going out-of-state wherever I go. Since I’ll be playing football, I won’t have too much time to leave for home anyway.”
Simpson may get a taste of what it’s like to be away at school when he takes his official visits. He expects to take at least a few officials by himself.
“Everything is up to me,” Simpson said. “My parents want me to make the decision myself. They’ll support me in whatever I decide to do. They’ll be there in case I have any questions or anything like that.”
Simpson stated what he likes about UVa at this point in the process. He has visited UVa once earlier this year.
“The coaching staff is down to earth,” Simpson said. “They don’t try to sugarcoat...
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