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Mark Stoops gave a scholarship offer to an eighth grader

Mark Stoops is getting an early jump on recruiting a quarterback in the Class of 2022. Sure, some might say it’s a little early to be recruiting a player who won’t play college football for another four-plus years, but #WhyNot?

After all, Michigan is doing it.

As it stands now, Kentucky and Michigan are the only two schools to have offered Ty Simpson, an eighth-grade quarterback out of Martin Middle School in Martin, TN.  Jim Harbaugh presented Simpson with his first official scholarship offer in early March, and UK made itself the second university on Simpson’s offer sheet on Monday.

Simpson comes from a football background. His father is Jason Simpson, the head coach at UT-Martin and the longest tenured head football coach in the Ohio Valley Conference. Jason Simpson was also a two-sport athlete at Mississippi State in college, where he signed with the Bulldogs as a quarterback and played two seasons of football and baseball before transferring to Southern Miss to focus solely on baseball.

The eighth-grade Simpson also knows a little about SEC football through his grandfather and his uncle, both of whom played football at Ole Miss.

So how did a 15-year-old from West Tennessee land on the radar of two Power-5 football programs?

According to the Jackson Sun, Simpson caught Harbaugh’s eye through some videos of his workouts that he and his father had tweeted.

It also helped that Harbaugh knew his dad through their college coaching connections. Harbaugh brought them up for a visit in early March, which ended in Simpson’s first scholarship offer. He visited Indiana the same weekend.

Photo: @tysimpson51051

With Kentucky now in the mix, Simpson had some very nice things to say about the direction of the program. He told the Jackson Sun, “It’s pretty sweet… (Kentucky’s) in the process of building one of the top program like Alabama and even Michigan.”

Ya gotta like his confidence in the Wildcats’ future.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 responses to “Mark Stoops gave a scholarship offer to an eighth grader”

  1. KYcats11

    Has 15 and in 8th grade???

    1. ClutchCargo

      Yeah, I noticed that too.

  2. My Dixie Wrecked

    Awww, that’s cute, Stoops thinks he’s still going to be coaching here in 5 years.

  3. Duuuuuude

    Maybe he will re-classify to 2019? LOL

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door


  4. chris43

    Extremely stupid! If he’s a 4-5 star Qb eventually….news flash! He’s not coming here! Also at the current rate I’m kinda shocked that Stoops is confident he’ll be around that long! He’s paid like a TOP 20 NCAA COACH therefore I’m sick of not being at least a bottom feeding TOP 25 team or at least in/out of the rankings. He’s had time!

    1. cats646

      We got to 26 last year. Chill out.

  5. bigblue31

    This kid is a sunshine pumper with comments like that. Lol

  6. chardun20

    Is it me or does Harbaugh look a little creepy????

  7. codeblue270

    This year will be the step forward in our football status- we break the top 25 & surprise a lot of people- so you negative people stay home & keep you trap shut

  8. Headhurts

    Kid isn’t coming to KY, don’t bother, a better prospect will surface.