Offensive lineman John Simpson of Fort Dorchester spent the last three days at Alabama for a camp and got a full dose of Crimson Tide football both on and off the field.
“I had a good time up there, of course,” Simpson said. “I like the style of the offensive line coach. He coaches everybody even, even the ones he’s not recruiting.”
One of the things Simpson got out of the visit to Alabama was feedback from Crimson Tide players about the program and the school.
“I got a lot of good feedback,” he said. “I got to talk to players about what they liked about it and stuff like that.”
Simpson said he and head coach Nick Saban talked some while he was on the field, but the two did not have any kind of sit-down meeting.
Simpson said he might go to Clemson on Monday for the Tigers’ high school camp. He’s also looking at attending USC’s Showcase Camp on June 13. He doesn’t plan on working out at either camp, though that could change.
He also plans to visit Tennessee, LSU and Georgia this summer.
Simpson had been favoring Clemson primarily because he’s had more exposure to the Tigers than any of his other favorites. But after the extended stay in Tuscaloosa, Simpson said he’s wiped the slate clean.
“Being that I had that in-depth visit with Alabama, I’m not sure who’s on top right now,” Simpson said. “I really enjoyed my time at Alabama. That’s why I didn’t tell anybody who my top five is because I haven’t had in-depth visits to all my schools.”
Simpson has had Clemson, USC, Georgia, Florida and Alabama at the top of his list throughout the recruiting process. Simpson does not have a timetable for a decision. And he’s been invited to play in the Army All-American Bowl in January.