Penn-Trafford RB Manny Simpson receiving D-1 interestWritten by: Josh Funk on Saturday, March 12th, 2011
Under first-year head coach John Ruane, Penn-Trafford running back Manny Simpson found himself thrust into the position of a workhorse-type of running back. Thanks in part to the increased role in the Warriors’ offensive attack, Simpson has been attracting some Division-1 interest.
The Warriors’ featured tailback has received interest, but no verbal offers, from eight Division-1 programs, according to national recruiting services Scout.com and Rivals.com. Scout lists Simpson having received interest from programs like Akron, Michigan State, Missouri, Penn State and Pittsburgh, while Rivals.com adds interest has been shown from Cincinnati, Kent State and Temple.
After running for just under 300 yards in limited action as a sophomore, Simpson put up more than four times that amount of yardage as a junior. He finished with 1,235 yards and 13 touchdowns on 208 carries and caught another nine passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns in just eight P-T games, averaging 5.9 yards per carry and 12.3 yards per reception. Simpson went over the 100-yard mark in six of eight games, finishing four games with between 25 to 43 carries. He ran a season (and career-best) 230 yards against Peters Township, 195 yards against Norwin, and an impressive 183 yards against WPIAL AAAA quarterfinalist Mt. Lebanon.
Penn-Trafford finished 4-6 overall in 2010, falling to eventual WPIAL AAAA semifinalist North Hills, 20-3, in the opening round of the playoffs.
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