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Increased attention for Arkansas QB

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Springdale (Ark.) Shiloh Christian quarterback Matt Simpson is getting plenty of looks from a variety of college programs. The talented gunslinger recently says that those looks have picked up in recent weeks.
"As far as offers go, it's Troy, Harvard and Yale. Yale would be the new one I guess," he said. "Arkansas and Tulsa have been showing new interest lately. Those are some of the main ones lately."
Simpson added that he has spoken with coaches from Kansas State, Middle Tennessee State and Arkansas State and that one additional Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference program had inquired about him.
"A couple of new schools have requested film on me," Simpson said. "Ole Miss and Florida State both asked for some film."
Additionally, Navy and Army have shown interest as well as "every Ivy League school except Penn."
The in-state Razorbacks have offered one quarterback in this year's class, Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside standout Kodi Burns and intend to sign one. Should Burns, who is down to Arkansas and Auburn, opt for the Tigers, Simpson feels like that could open the door for a possibly Razorbacks offer.
"If he happens to say no, they've got to have somebody," Simpson said.
Having grown up in Northwest Arkansas, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder feels a connection to UA.
"I've grown up an Arkansas fan and I've liked them since I was born right here near the university," Simpson said. "They've always been one of my favorite teams. I can't say if I would commit or not. I would consider all things before making an important decision like that."
Simpson attended the Razorbacks' season-opening loss to Southern California on Sept. 2 and their overtime victory against Alabama on Sept. 23. His top target, wide receiver Crosby Tuck, currently is committed to Arkansas.
Simpson was one of the top quarterbacks at the Southeastern Select 7-on-7 Tournament in July in Hoover, Ala., and is off to a tremendous start to this season.
"Our team is 5-0," Simpson said. "We played three really good times for our non-conference schedule and beat Greenwood (Ark.), the No. 1 team in Class 5A, 49-48. They are still ranked No. 1 on almost any poll for 5A and we are No. 1 in our classification (3A)."
Simpson's stats through five games have not been calculated, but he had his stats through three.
"In the first three games, I had 1,281 passing yards and 13 touchdowns and 183 rushing yards and five touchdowns."
Simpson is a high (5.4) two-star rated prospect by Rivals.com.
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