Football: Northwest’s Simpson signs with Oklahoma

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, December 23, 2017
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SIGNING DAY – Northwest offensive lineman Darrell Simpson signed his letter of intent to play football at Oklahoma Thursday. Messenger photo by Reece Waddell

Darrell Simpson put an exclamation point on his career with the Northwest Texans Thursday, officially signing his letter of intent to play football at the University of Oklahoma.

A four-year varsity starter, Simpson played in every game for the Texans during his high school tenure.

Northwest head coach Bill Poe described the 6’8, 320-pound Simpson as a prototypical left tackle.

“He’s been a special, special player for us,” Poe said. “He’s left-hand dominant. I think it’s natural for him to be in that position. He has incredible feet. He is unlike any player I’ve ever coached as far as being able to move around and being versatile with his quickness and agility. He’s very unique.”

Simpson played a critical role in the Texans’ offense this season, helping Northwest average 483 yards per game. He ended the year with 29 pancake blocks and graded out at 91 percent.

According to Poe, Simpson only surrendered a handful of sacks over the past four years.

Although some people wanted him to attend the University of Texas, Simpson opted for Oklahoma after several positive recruiting experiences with the Sooners’ coaching staff.

“They’ve always been in contact [with me]. Always coming down,” Simpson said. “They know how to just have a good conversation. There’s nothing fake about them. They’ll tell you the truth and won’t leave anything on the table.”

Simpson joins an Oklahoma team set to play in the College Football Playoff on Jan. 1 against Georgia in the Rose Bowl. The Sooners have won the Big 12 title the past three seasons. Quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy this year.

“It’s very exciting,” Simpson said. “Everybody doubted them. They just had to step up to the plate and challenge everybody. [People] didn’t want to see Baker win the Heisman. It’s good to see them in [the College Football Playoff].”

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