John Simpson is flanked by Captain Jerry Inoa (left) and Staff Sergeant Marshall Schmidt. (Photo: Army All-American Bowl)
As far as honors go, John Simpson had a pretty good day Thursday.
Simpson, an offensive lineman from Fort Dorchester (North Charleston, S.C.), received his honorary jersey for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and also has been named a finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina. The Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to his school.
Simpson, ranked as the No. 2 player in the state by the 247Sports Composite rankings, said among the reasons he wanted to play in the Army Bowl was because he has a number of cousins who are serving in the military.
The other finalists for Mt. Football are Chapin quarterback Logan Bailey, Dorman quarterback Collin Hill, Spartanburg running back Tavien Feaster and Conway wide receiver Bryan Edwards.
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Simpson has a big decision to make about his recruitment and plans to announce his college of choice at the Army Bowl on Jan. 9 in San Antonio. He has 11 offers, including from SEC schools Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and LSU. He has an offer and has been hearing regularly from Clemson.
“I’m the first person in my family to go to college,” Simpson told 247Sports.com. “I’m the first one to make it so this is big for me as well. It means a lot. I’ve always watched this game when I was younger. I didn’t expect to make this by far.”