Offers roll in for Lackey’s Cortrelle Simpson

Lackey’s motto for the 2014 season — RTD, or “Return to Dominance” — is fitting for a team that made it back to the playoffs last year for the first time since 2008.

The preseason attention toward Cortrelle Simpson, who posted a 4.3-second 40-yard dash at Ohio State last week, has started the Chargers off right. Simpson was offered by Temple and Buffalo on Thursday, bringing his total list of offers to 10 before he begins his senior season. The 5-foot-11 wide receiver is listed as ATH for athlete.

Lackey senior Cortrelle Simpson Lackey senior Cortrelle Simpson

The full list: Toledo, Albany, Stony Brook, North Carolina Central, Central Connecticut, St. Francis, Rhode Island, Duquesne, Temple and Buffalo.

“I’m waiting to talk to my family about all of it,” Simpson said on choosing the right fit. “I’m trying to go away, to get far from home, but to go somewhere comfortable that feels like home as soon as I get there.”

Simpson brought in six touchdowns and made 17 tackles in his junior season and had two punt returns for touchdowns and an interception return for a touchdown in a Chargers win against La Plata in September.

He will need to step up this season for Lackey after the graduation of second team All-Met linebacker Delondo Boyd (St. Francis) and All-Met honorable mention defensive lineman Mike Laury.

“I need to come out stronger than I did last season,” Simpson said. “We need to come together as a family, keep our heads up and always stay humble and hungry.”

Summer vacation for Simpson means seven-on-sevens, weight training, visits and camps at Ohio State, Toledo and Temple. Every day starts with a two-mile run and a protein shake. Coach John Lush has been crucial in leading him through the phases of the recruitment process, Simpson said. Five of his offers include scholarships, and Stony Brook and Central Connecticut have offered full rides to the prospective business major.



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