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MARTIN, TN — Although just 16-years old and heading into his sophomore year at Martin Westview, Ty Simpson is one of the most sought after quarterbacks in the country.
“I never knew I would be in Nick Saban’s office with national championship rings,” Ty said. “Or in Lincoln Riley’s office with Jordan shoes or the Heisman Trophy.”
Simpson has 21 offers in all from some of the biggest programs in the nation. It started with Michigan last summer, then came Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Cal, and Alabama along with others.
“I can’t say I saw this coming,” said Ty’s father Jason Simpson. “He has done a good job of getting things in perspective.”
“I never knew I would be in this position today, especially this young,” said Ty.
It is a trend that is becoming more and more common that young prospects with budding talent like Simpson’s getting early scholarship offers.
No one knows the process better than Jason Simpson, who has been the head football coach at UT Martin since 2006.
“This is kind of how this process goes,” Jason said. “Some (offers) are badges of honor, they are not offers. Then there are offers that are committable at this point. Ty has mixture of both kinds at this point.”
“I came here at seven years old going on recruiting trips,” Ty said about growing up around his fathers program. “I wouldn’t know how to handle it if it wasn’t for how I grew up.”
Since last summer the father and son duo have traveled all over the country participating in camps and visiting head coaches.
“I wouldn’t be where I am without him,” Ty said. “I hear his prospective everyday, but that is not a bad thing. He does this for a living so he knows how it goes.”
“I think this is something we both will remember for a long time,” said Jason. “We have spent a lot of time enjoying that process.”
However, the biggest elephant in the room between these two, is why hasn’t the offer come from dad yet?
“I tell him that he is not coachable because I know his flaws,” Jason said joking. “But right now he needs to see some other things because he hears enough from me on a daily basis.”
As for making a decision, Ty says he is in no hurry and will sit down with his parents once it is time to make a decision.
No matter where he decides to go.