5-star QB Ty Simpson shares why he chose Alabama over Tennessee, Clemson
Alabama landed a huge commitment Friday when Ty Simpson announced his pledge to the Crimson Tide.
The 5-star quarterback from Westview High School in Martin, Tennessee, named a final six earlier this month that included Texas A&M. On Friday, he had Ole Miss and UT Martin (where his dad is head coach) hats on the table representing his final five. He told ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren it came down to three true finalists.
“It was really between Alabama, Clemson and Tennessee,” Simpson said.
Simpson detailed that he leaned elsewhere during his recruitment before ultimately deciding to take his talents to Tuscaloosa.
“They were all neck and neck,” Simpson told VanHaaren. “In the beginning of the year, I was going to go to Tennessee. But then with Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt [getting fired], I started to think I was going to go to Clemson. I started to really think about what are my aspirations, my dreams and what I want in a program. So I thought the best place for me would be the University of Alabama.”
New Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien’s NFL background appealed to Simpson.
“It’s very cool because (O’Brien) tells me stories about the NFL and we have watched tape on the NFL and Deshaun Watson, [and] of course Tom Brady, to show the similarities in what they’re going to do on offense this year,” Simpson said. “It’s really cool to be at the biggest stage of football and play for a guy who’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.”
Simpson is rated the No. 27 overall recruit in the class of 2022 on the 247Sports Composite.