Three-star running back Marquiz Simpkins knows he has work left to do. He holds a scholarship offer from Tulsa, but he'd like to see his options expand. It's why he's hitting the road for camps and junior days this offseason.
It's also why the 2015 prospect did so much traveling in the fall.
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"I went to Nebraska and Kansas State during the season," Simpkins said. "I was supposed to go to Missouri, but that didn't happen."
His impressions of each school, of course, were different. And while no offer has materialized from either school at this juncture, Simpkins has his first impressions. Those are always worth something.
"I really liked Nebraska," he said. "I went for the game against Illinois. At Kansas State, I liked the environment. I went there for the game against Iowa State. I liked the fans there."
Next up for Simpkins will be more campus tours. There are camps being scheduled and other visits being worked out. For now, Simpkins' plans exist only as a rough draft, but things are falling into place slowly.
"I've got Tulsa's junior day to go to," Simpkins said. "I'm talking about going to Kansas State's, too. They are already telling me about that. Maybe Indiana and Oklahoma State, too. I hear from Indiana a lot."
A standout at Clinton (Okla.) High School, Simpkins ran for more than 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore. As a junior he helped his team to an 8-4 overall record.
Rob Cassidy is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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