Jim Harbaugh offers Tennessee eighth grader Ty Simpson

The Detroit News
Ty Simpson

Ty Simpson, an eighth grader at Martin Middle School in Tennessee, has a scholarship offer from Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for the class of 2022.

Simpson had tweeted videos of him going through throwing and footwork drills, and Harbaugh became interested, according to a story in the Jackson Sun.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Simpson visited Michigan.

"I really didn't believe it at first,” he told the paper. “I was like l, ‘Oh, he's just being nice because he knows my dad,’ and I was like, they aren't going to offer me, but I went up there a visit and it was crazy and (they) happened to offer me, so it was a crazy day.”

His father, Jason is the head football coach at University of Tennessee at Martin.