Four-star QB Ty Simpson has first conversation with new Tennessee Vols coach Josh Heupel

Michael Odom
Jackson Sun

New Tennessee football coach Josh Heupel wasted little time introducing himself to the top-rated quarterback in the state for the Class of 2022.

Westview's Ty Simpson, a four-star prospect, confirmed he spoke to Heupel in his first 24 hours as the Vols coach.

"He was introducing himself, making sure I knew him and he knew me," Simpson said Thursday. "He wanted to take me through his expectations for Tennessee and expectations for me. He told me he watched my tape and told me what I could do in his offense."

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But hearing from new coaches is becoming common for the No. 2-rated dual-threat quarterback in the country. Simpson also got a call from new Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien last week after he was hired.

Simpson, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, was intrigued by what he heard from Heupel and is interested to talk to him more about Tennessee.

"I was impressed and intrigued about him," Simpson said. "Doing some research on him, I feel like he is a good coach that has won everywhere he has been at, and he can coach quarterbacks. So as a quarterback, that is very satisfying for me."

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Simpson is the No. 43 recruit in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite. He is also the No. 2 recruit from Tennessee.

On Dec. 10, Simpson announced his top 10 college choices, which included Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M and UT Martin. But Notre Dame offered him last week, so the Fighting Irish could also be in the mix.

Simpson's original offer from Tennessee came prior to his freshman season.

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Simpson helped lead the Chargers to the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs and was named a Mr. Football semifinalist. Westview was 7-5, the most wins by the program since 2014.

He completed 124 of 203 passes for 1,888 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while rushing for 311 yards and seven touchdowns.

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