OL John Simpson of Fort Dorchester camped at Clemson this past summer and while he wasn’t offered at that time, Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell didn’t forget about him. So when Simpson made an unofficial visit Saturday for the NC State game, Caldwell came to him with an offer.
“It was like the first time I got an offer, it was exciting,” Simpson said. “I didn’t want to go crazy but I was happy. He (Caldwell) told me that when I was in camp he saw how I moved and he was watching my film and said I have a lot of potential at offensive guard.”
The offer was the highlight of the visit for Simpson, but the rest was pretty cool, too.
“I liked it a lot,” he said. “It was a big difference from when I went to Carolina. The way they do things up there. The offense, period. It’s different. The locker room was awesome. It was just nice. The weight room was unbelievable.”
Simpson was first offered by USC and the Gamecocks led for him early. But there is no leader now that he also holds the Clemson offer.
“I never thought I would come this far,” Simpson said. “I don’t really know (about a favorite). It’s hard. It’s kind of in-between. I went to Carolina and they blew my mind and I went to Clemson and they blew my mind.”
Simpson said he is considering returning to Clemson this weekend for the Louisville game. He also hearing from Florida State, LSU, Kentucky and Virginia.