July 29, 2008

Summer work puts Simpson on the map

Lancaster, Texas wide receiver John Simpson has the talent to play football on the next level and he knows it. This summer, he has been actively trying to prove that to college coaches and if his play is any indication, college options will soon follow.

"I've been going to these camps and stuff and I've been making some big impressions on some coaches," Simpson said. "Especially Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, UTEP and Sam Houston State. I brought the show."

Simpson's offseason has been a busy one. He has hit camps all over the midland region and has had several coaches commend him on his play.

"I went to Tulsa for a camp and I sat in every coach's office," he said. "They talked to me one on one, telling me what they thought of me. The coaches at Sam Houston State, I made a big impression on them. Charles McMillan from Texas A&M said that he was going to keep in touch with me. I've got a good connection with the coach from Louisiana Tech. We've been emailing each other."

Simpson's communication with all of these coaches has been positive. In turn, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder thinks that an offer may be coming soon.

"I wouldn't be surprised if I got an offer from one of them," he said. "Every school said they're just working on their numbers. I put myself on the map this summer."

Another factor in Simpson's summer has been his daily work against a talented secondary that includes four defensive backs with three-star status. That work has made things easy when he hits the camps.

"There's other cornerbacks at camp and it's like there's no competition because our cornerbacks at school, we go at it every day," he said. "Working with Demontre (Hurst) and Kerry (Lewis) and those guys makes it easy."

Simpson has also thought about what schools he hopes to visit officially. Currently, his visits will likely include Tulsa, Sam Houston State, UTEP, Louisiana Tech and possibly SMU.


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