Kentucky in the Hunt for In-State Back

Kentucky in the Hunt for In-State Back

It appears Kentucky is looking to add two or more running backs to the roster with the 2010 recruiting class. With one back already on board in Raymond Sanders, Kentucky is also taking a look at Miles Simpson.

It appears Kentucky is looking to add two or more running backs to the roster with the 2010 recruiting class. With one back already on board in Raymond Sanders, Kentucky is also taking a look at Miles Simpson.

One of the most physical positions on the football field is the running back. Players in this position constantly take a beating, which is why Kentucky has made an effort to get so many quality players. Miles Simpson is one prospect that Kentucky has zeroed in on.

"Kentucky is definitely in his top three," said Jeff Marksbury, head coach of Simon Kenton High School. So which other schools make up that top three?

"I think I know his favorites, but I don't want to speak for him," said Marksbury. Simpson does hold offers from several high major programs such as Purdue, Cincinnati, Indiana, Illinois and Louisville.

Marksbury does believe Kentucky is in good position. "The level of play he'd see playing in the SEC would prepare him for what's next. And being a Kentucky playing at UK kid would open a lot of doors for him," he finished.

Miles would bring several qualities to the Wildcat program. At 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, he has good size for a running back, but he's also got 4.55 speed. "He does everything well. He's got a great work ethic. He's a better person than a player. When he needs to run over you, he'll run over you. When he needs to run around you, he'll run around you. He's the complete package," said Marksbury.

"He's so good and smooth and fluid on the field."

Simpson's numbers don't lie. Last season he ran for over 2300 yards and 37 touchdowns. With those astounding numbers, there's no question why he's getting the attention he has. But there's no pressure to decide immediately.

"He wants to enjoy his senior year. That's what he's focused on right now," said Marksbury. "He'll take his five official visits. He wont be making a decision prior to the season."

Simpson will lead his Simon Kenton squad to Cincinnati where they will face Newport Central Catholic this weekend in their first game.

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