Running back/cornerback Mikell Simpson hails from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, one of the most talent-rich areas in the region. He has four offers in hand, but one school has emerged as a leader.
"As a running back, I've become real impressed with Virginia," said Simpson. "Their backs are so versatile and are a huge part of their offense. One of their guys caught like 17 passes in a game or something last year, and I know they're making a commitment to running the ball too. I just think based on all that, plus the academics, Virginia looks like my top option for now."
The Cavs have offered the 6-foot-2, 190-pound speedster, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. He also has offers from Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Michigan State, and schools like Maryland, Pittsburgh and West Virginia have shown a lot of interest.
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"I really want a situation where I can come in and show off all my skills. Catch passes, carry it inside or to the corner, and everything else. I'm a versatile player, and I want to be in an exciting offense. Virginia is my leader for now, but I'm still considering other schools. Once schools begin to see more of me on visits and at camps, and then in my senior year, I've been told I'll have a lot of offers to choose from."
Simpson has shown a lot of interest in North Carolina, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Michigan State, and all those schools have said they're impressed with his potential.
"I could play several positions in college, but I think first and foremost I'm a running back. I love to have the ball in my hands and find that open field. But I'm sure there are some schools that might want me for special teams and defensive back."