November 22, 2008

Clinton Simpkins remains interested in ECU

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Clinton Simpkins is a very busy man these days. A busy man with lots of goals and a wanted man. Wanted by some big time Division I programs in the country.

First thing first, the 6-3 215 pound defensive end is trying to lead Fredricksburg (Va) Chancellor High School to a state title.

The Bulldogs play in the state regional this Saturday (11-22-08) and will be three games away from it all.

According to Simpkins, his senior season couldn't be going any better. "Individually I've set a couple of goals for myself and I've just about accomplish them," Simpkins says...

"There are a couple of records I'm trying to break at the school, I don't know how many tackles I'm away from that, but that's what I am shooting for and if I at least get close to it I will be happy. Individual goals I am basically making and team goals we haven't let ourselves down yet."

Even though he is still focusing on finishing out his high school career, Simpkins knows in the near future he will have to make a big decision on where he wants to play college ball.

Even though so much is going on during the season, Simpkins still is focus on the recruiting process.

"Recruiting has been going very well for me," he said. Simpkins didn't really hit the camp circuit to hard this summer, but he did attend a combine at the Ravens stadium in Baltimore as well as one camp at Virginia Tech.

"That went well," he said. "I got to meet a lot of recruits and got to size myself with a whole bunch of people who are on the same skill (level) as me."

While getting offers from some big time clubs, Simpkins did point out that ECU is very high on his list.

"I'm very interested in the Pirates," he said. "From when they offered me up until now, I've been interested in them."

N.C. State, West Virginia and Kentucky have also shown some interest in Simpkins."I put all the four schools together and compare them all as one," he explained. "I'm still looking at everything."

Simpkins says he doesn't have a No. 1 right now, but said he is taking a serious look at N.C. State and West Virginia. He has visited all the schools in his top four, except UK, and came away impressed with Greenville when he was in town for the spring game.

"I liked the environment and the coaching staff," he said. "I like the players and their relationship with the coaches. It made me feel like I was here at my high school, the same way we are with our coaches."

Coach Hargrave has been handling the recruitment of Simpkins. At this time Simpkins says he doesn't have a time frame on when he plans on making a choice on which school he wants to play for.

He did add he would like to make another trip to Greenville if his schedule allows it. Once on campus, he knows exactly what he is looking for.

"I'm looking for a place where it's not going to be hard for me to fit in. Some place where I can get around campus and everything is not going to be so far away and I can just be in one central place and I can get to everything ... something that's not going to give me a headache. Something where I can be comfortable for the next couple of years."

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