Oklahoma '18 TX OL - Darrell Simpson (Oklahoma Verbal)

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    Darrell Simpson will visit Ohio State

    With the class of 2018 collectively entering its junior season in the fall of 2016, many elite-level talents are being identified at this stage of the cycle. Among them is Justin (Tx.) Northwest offensive tackle Darrell Simpson, a 6-foot-7, 320-pound mauler with a bevy of upside attached to his powerful frame.

    Powerhouse colleges across the country are well aware of Simpson’s talent, and the 2018 prospect holds 11 scholarship offers up to this point. Most recently, Simpson picked up an offer from Ohio State earlier in the week and the Buckeyes are a program that have shown interest for some time now.

    “I’ve been talking to them,” Simpson told Today’s U. “They came down, I think, three weeks ago and they were talking to me. I gave coach [Tim] Beck a call and I was always talking with coach Beck. He wanted me to get on the phone with coach [Urban] Meyer to get all comfortable with them, then coach Meyer gave me the offer.”

    Now that Simpson has an offer from Ohio State under his belt, the four-star recruit quickly rearranged his schedule to fit in a trip to Columbus for a weekend that previously booked, showing his reciprocated interest in the Buckeyes’ program.

    “We were supposed to go to the Rivals Underclassmen event at the Falcons stadium on June 11th, but we will be going to Ohio State on June 12th,” Simpson said.

    During this trip, Simpson indicated that he would be most interested in getting to know the coaches and observing their style of teaching. That, when joined with a tour of the facilities, will answer many of the questions Simpson has regarding the school.

    Other schools that he is already familiar with, though, include TCU, Texas A&M and Baylor. All three nearby schools have offered Simpson already, but he was quick in dispelling the notion that he is focusing on any particular Texas-based school.

    “They are all good schools, but I don’t want to just say I want to go to a school close to home then all the other people think I’m a homebody,” Simpson said.

    Like any high level prospect, the quality of football played at whichever school Simpson chooses will be an important factor. Outside of that, 247Sports.com‘s No. 11 offensive tackle in the 2018 class already knows what he is looking for in a prospective college.

    “First is the education, then I also want to see how they put their people out and how they treat their young men when they go into the real world,” Simpson said. “I want to see if they can still come back and their college still loves and respects them like they were still playing.”

    As the offseason treks on, Simpson has contemplated which schools he will be visiting and which programs he will work out at. Since he is a high-ceiling recruit clearly capable of playing Power Five football at the next level, Simpson isn’t necessarily required to camp at given schools to land an offer. Still, the Texas recruit is planning to work out at at least one program over the next few months.

    “I think I’m going to do the camp at Ohio State and then I will probably get back with everybody and see where I will do another camp,” Simpson said. “I’m not sure. The only [visit] I have set is Ohio State and Georgia, but I’m not sure if we are going to Georgia.
     
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    CATTLE DRIVER

    Justin, Texas, offensive lineman Darrell Simpson told Eleven Warriors last month that he usually calls Meyer, co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa once a week and texts them almost every day.

    “I [want to] get comfortable with them so when we do go up there, we can hang and just talk,” he said. “They just have a good vibe going, and they show they care about their team just like a family.”

    Simpson has yet to make it to campus for a game — he'll take an unofficial visit for the Michigan game on Nov. 26 — but finally got to see the team in action last weekend when they played at Oklahoma.

    “I thought it was a pretty good game,” he told 247Sports ($). “Ohio State played hard. Their offense was good and they executed. Oklahoma had a little going, but Ohio State just got to work. I thought the game would be a little closer. I like how [Ohio State] was moving the ball.”

    The 6-foot-7, 330-pound Simpson is considered the fifth-best offensive tackle and the No. 46 player overall in the Class of 2018. He has 16 scholarship offers from schools such as Auburn, Baylor, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas A&M and Utah.
     
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    OL Darrell Simpson, Justin Northwest

    A four-star recruit, Simpson is a tall, athletic prospect with high upside. While he still has to cut some weight, Simpson displayed nimble feet and moved well. Simpson won key reps against elite prospects and is just hard to get around due to his size. Simpson spent the winter playing basketball, and that has definitely helped his game. He is considering Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas A&M and others.
     
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    PLAN B?

    The Buckeyes also made the cut for Justin, Texas, Northwest four-star offensive tackle Darrell Simpson, who narrowed his list down to eight on Friday night. He also included Arkansas, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and TCU.

    The 6-foot-7, 336-pound Simpson is considered the 11th-best offensive tackle and No. 115 prospect overall in the Class of 2018. He earned an offer from the Buckeyes last May and then attended a one-day positional camp the following month.

    Much like Epps, Simpson sits behind other targets at his position, like five-star Jackson Carman, on Ohio State's board. But if Carman decides Clemson is the place for him, Simpson would be a solid replacement.
     
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    ON A SIMILAR NOTE

    Just a few weeks after he included Ohio State in his Top 8 alongside Arkansas, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and TCU, Justin, Texas, Northwest four-star offensive tackle Darrell Simpson is now set to make his college decision on Aug. 12.

    The 6-foot-7, 336-pound Simpson is considered the 13th-best offensive tackle and No. 171 prospect overall in the Class of 2018. He was on campus for the Buckeyes' double-overtime win over Michigan last November and also attended the blowout of the Sooners in Norman last September.

    Oklahoma is the overwhelming favorite in his recruitment and this point in time, though, and his announcement comes just days after he attended the Sooners' ChampU BBQ.
     

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