Alabama five-star commitment Ty Simpson talks about his experience at A-Day

Michael Odom
The Tuscaloosa News
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Five-star quarterback Ty Simpson was among the 47,000 fans at Alabama's A-Day spring football game on Saturday as he watched his future teammates at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Alabama commitment, who is the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country and No. 2 prospect in Tennessee in the Class of 2022, according to the 247Sports Composite, was allowed to be there as a spectator. NCAA rules prohibited him from being there on a recruiting trip because of the dead period.

The stadium was open to 50% capacity. It was the largest crowd for a sporting event since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

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"It was cool to see Alabama vs. Alabama and see how many people showed up," Simpson said. "That shows how much people enjoy Alabama football in that state and how much they support the University of Alabama."

Simpson said he enjoyed the environment.

"It was a great atmosphere getting to take pictures with fans because they know who I am now," Simpson said. "Going to see those guys get reps after a great season last year with (quarterback) Bryce (Young) and the new receivers. It was great to see how good they are.

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"This time next year I will be playing in the game and enrolled in the University of Alabama. So I am excited for sure, but I still have to do my duties here at the high school and hopefully win a state championship."

Simpson, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback at Martin Westview, committed to Alabama on Feb. 26. This marked his first chance to make it to Tuscaloosa as an Alabama commitment because of the high school baseball season.

"I stayed on campus with a friend of mine, so I did get to see some of the guys out," Simpson said. "I did get to talk to a few of the guys after the game and hear about how they felt they played (in the A-Day spring game)."

The moment that stood out most to Simpson was the Walk of Fame ceremony at Denny Chimes as Mac Jones, DeVonta Smith, Landon Dickerson, Alex Leatherwood, Xavier McKinney and Anfernee Jennings placed their hand and cleat impressions in cement.

"We went early to watch the captains from 2020 at Denny Chimes, and that was really cool," Simpson said. "That is something that I hope to do one day."

Denny Chimes is in the quad, less than a half-mile from the stadium

Simpson is listed only behind St. Benedict lineman Walter Nolen among top Tennessee recruits. He is also listed nationally behind two quarterbacks, Ohio State commitment Quinn Ewers of Texas and LSU commitment Walker Howard of Louisiana.

Last season, Simpson completed 124 of 203 passes for 1,888 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 311 yards and seven touchdowns.

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