Quarterback Ty Simpson, the 27th overall-ranking recruit in the 2022 class, got engaged to Alabama on Friday.
The No. 2 double-threat signal caller chose Crimson Tide over Clemson, Tennessee and UT Martin, and is now the top-ranked engagement in Alabama’s 2022 class. Simpson is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback from Westview High School in Martin, Tennessee, and he had a winding road to reach this commitment.
“It was really between Alabama, Clemson and Tennessee,” Simpson said. “They were all side by side. At the beginning of the year I was going to go to Tennessee. But then with the coach [Jeremy] Pruitt [getting fired]I started to think that I was going to go to Clemson. I started to really think about what my aspirations are, my dreams and what I want in a show. So I thought the best place for me would be the University of Alabama. “
UT Martin made his final list because his father, Jason Simpson, is the head soccer coach there. The son was giving his father’s school national recognition as a thank you for helping Ty during the recruitment process.
“I definitely leaned on him for advice, and he has had a lot of conversations with the coaches,” Simpson said. “It’s really cool to have his perspective, but I’ve been experiencing it for a while, being the son of a coach. I know what it takes and what happens in recruiting. I know it’s a business.
“Being able to experience it with my own recruiting was amazing.”
His father told him to write down what he wanted to achieve in college and to choose the school that would help him achieve those goals. His aspirations included reaching the NFL. With former NFL head coach Bill O’Brien now the offensive coordinator in Alabama, and Nick Saban’s track record of sending his players to the NFL, Alabama felt like the right choice.
“It is very good because [O’Brien] He tells me stories about the NFL and we’ve seen tapes about the NFL and Deshaun Watson, [and] of course Tom Brady, to show the similarities in what they are going to do on offense this year, “Simpson said.” It’s really cool to be on the biggest stage in football and to play for a guy who’s been there and knows how long it takes to get there. “
That NFL experience, the production and success Alabama has had over the years, and the stability Saban has created were factors in his decision. His commitment gives Alabama two ESPN Jr. 300 commitments in the class as he joins linebacker Robert Woodyard, and also prevents a top quarterback from going to Clemson or Tennessee.
“It was a very difficult decision because all of those shows have what I would want,” Simpson said. “But it all came down to being closer to home, developing the players, playing with the best guys and preparing for the NFL. Bill O’Brien, who coached the Texans, Doug Marrone, who coached the Jacksonville Jaguars, and of course Coach Saban.
“Learning from those guys every day that I’m in school there and while playing soccer, it’s something I’ve dreamed of.”