Orlando Lake Highland Prep athlete B.J. Simpson was starting to wonder if he was going to have to enter his summer vacation without a single college football scholarship offer.
With Lake Highland's spring game just a week away, there wasn't much time left for Simpson to get on the board, but it finally happened on Wednesday (May 8).
South Alabama assistant coach (offensive line) John Turner visited LHP, among four other coaches on Wednesday, and offered the versatile 6-foot-1, 185-pound rising senior who is ranked No. 45 in the Sentinel's 2013 Central Florida Super60.
"It feels really good now," Simpson said after practice on Wednesday. "I've been waiting for this for a while and now I hope things speed up after this.
"I finally got one and I'm very thankful for it."
Simpson has been one of the top LHP performers since he was a freshman, but injuries have taken a toll on his playing time with the Highlanders. Last season it was a strained muscle in his Achilles' tendon that kept him out of all but four games.
He did manage 108 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries as a running back in 2011. He's hoping for bigger and better things during his final season, not the least of which is actually staying on the field.
"It was frustrating because every time I thought I was ready to go, I wasn't," Simpson said. "So I just pretty much had to take my time and just let it be."
LHP will rely heavily on his versatile skills. Simpson will play running back, slot, wide receiver, Wildcat quarterback and then safety on defense.
"We're kind of down in numbers this year so they'll probably put me wherever they think it will help us win," Simpson said. "They're probably looking at me to play wide receiver, slot running back ... I'll play line if they want me to. I just want to win."
As for South Alabama, Simpson knows very little about the Fairhope, Ala., school, but said he will begin investigating. He is, however, very much aware that the Jaguars will be going NCAA Division I-A next season and joining the Sun Belt Conference, which is the affilliation for all other USA sports.
South Alabama has only had a football team since 2009, playing in NCAA Division I-AA.
"That's the only thing that I know so far, that they are going to be D-I ... now I want to look into it and see what's going on," he said.
Simpson joins teammates Landon Stokes, DE-TE, and Mikey Dorcely, ATH, as players with offers. Casey Irish and Carter Shipley could see an invite from Air Force as well the actually tell him when he's standing there.