Clinton running back Marquiz Simpkins’ recruiting appears to be picking up.
He tweeted Tuesday that he will accept an invitation to attend Oklahoma’s season opener on Saturday against Louisiana Tech. Simpkins also indicated in the tweet that the trip will serve as one of his official visits.
Last season, he rushed for 1,399 yards and 14 touchdowns while battling various injuries. As a sophomore, he broke out with more than 2,000 yards and 29 TDs while leading Clinton to the Class 4A title.
Simpkins currently has scholarship offers from South Dakota and Tulsa.
WESTMOORE TO USE RUNNING BACK BY COMMITTEE
After featuring mostly a one-running back offense last season, Westmoore will transition to using a multitude of players at the position in 2014.
Coach Adam Gaylor expects to have Terrel Skinner and Mike Hotchkins take over most of the carries, and says standout receivers Stephan Robinson and DeShawn Lookout will also appear in the backfield.
“We’re going to do it by committee,” Gaylor said. “We’ve got a bunch of good backs. We don’t just have one guy, and I think that’s what works today. I don’t think you can have just one guy anymore.”
Quarterback Bryson Lee, who had eight rushing touchdowns last season, says he also expects to take on a more expanded role in the running game.
The Jaguars’ running game fell largely on graduated running back Kieron Hardrick last season as he rushed for 1,175 yards and 16 touchdowns.
NUMBERS UP AT NORTHEAST
New coach Carlos Williams has been working hard to get Northeast's top athletes to come out for football, something that has been a challenge for the last few Vikings coaches.
Northeast has 34 kids who have reported for football at the start of the season, almost doubling last year’s total of 18 at the end of the season.
It still is to be proven if the increase in numbers will translate to success on the field. The Vikings will be young, with mostly sophomores and juniors on the roster.
But one senior, 6-foot-3, 250-pound lineman Jervaris Hollingsworth, has really impressed Williams.
“He is a stud,” Williams said. “He is a very good football player. I expect him to get some Division I or Division II offers.”