Less than two weeks exist before the college football season kicks off for Ohio State, and two five-star wide receivers committed to the Buckeyes’ program on Monday, which you can read about from Andrew Kulha here. Ohio State also became the first of two schools to extend an offer to sophomore athlete Jaylin Simpson on Monday.
Simpson, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound wide receiver and defensive back for Frederica Academy (2-0) in Georgia, logged an impressive freshman campaign. In the time since, he has camped at a variety of schools. He is also playing a variety of positions for his school this season. So far, Simpson recorded two touchdown passes, multiple catches and an interceptions through his team’ first two games.
“It’s been good,” he told Today’s U. “Feels good to be back on the field.”
As a result of his dedication during the offseason and his standout performances, Simpson picked up his first two Division I scholarship offers to begin the week. Simpson describes himself as a newcomer to the recruiting process, but he is quickly gaining traction among some large programs.
“It just started today to be honest,” he said. “It’s been crazy. I’ve been with Jashawn [Sheffield] on visits where he’s been offered and stuff like that, and now for it to happen to me is pretty special.”
Sheffield is the No. 1 wide receiver in the 2019 class according to 247Sports.com, and the two players are teammates at Frederica. Sheffield landed his offer from Ohio State in early August, but now his teammate, Simpson, also can lay claim to a Buckeye scholarship.
“I’m shocked to be honest,” he said. “Really grateful though. Ohio State is a powerhouse. They win.”
Ohio State has shown a tendency to win on the field, and the Buckeyes won on Monday with the addition of their fifth and sixth five-star recruits for the 2017 class. Like Ohio State, Tennessee has placed a focus on winning in recruiting. The Volunteers also offered Simpson on Monday just hours after OSU.
“Tennessee is pretty cool,” Simpson said. “It’s special because I was with Jashawn at the game when coach [Butch] Jones offered him. Now it’s my turn. Really special.”
Simpson says that although he has already taken a visit to Tennessee, the Georgia prospect plans to make a return trip to campus this fall to catch a game. After offering him, Ohio State is also on his list as a potential unofficial visit destination for the fall.
“Not sure yet,” he said. ” [I’m] sure me and Jashawn will though.”
Apart from those schools, Simpson has also begun forging a relationship with the Clemson coaching staff. Clemson is another program with a track record of winning on the field and in recruiting.
“I went to Clemson and camped,” Simpson said. “I think I did okay there. I worked at wide receiver and defensive back. I learned a lot, so that’s what successful to me.”