Camdenton, Mo. - With the spring baseball season just around the corner, Camdenton announced the signing of senior Cory Simpson to Metropolitan Community College-Longview in Lee's Summit.

Simpson, a standout for the Lakers baseball program, will join the Lakers on the baseball field next season, following the footsteps of his older brother, Kyle Simpson.

"I think he's a front of the rotation-arm," Clint Culbertson said. Culbertson has coached the Longview Lakers for seven years now, and expects big things from Simpson. "He's got the brains to pitch, but also has upper-end talent to go along with it. He has a real chance at being an elite arm."

The decision to sign with Longview wasn't too hard for Simpson.

"It feels like there's a big weight off of my shoulders," Simpson said. "I've been thinking for the entire year about where I was going to go, and I've always had a pretty good idea about Longview. I'm accustomed to the way they do things, and it's a relief to know where I'm going and not have to worry about that during my last high school season."

Simpson's talents on the field will be put to good use by Camdenton this spring, and Coach Matt Moulder had only words of praise for his player.

"Cory's a super kid," Moulder said. "He's been playing with us for four years now. He's a hard worker, a great leader, and sets the tone for the other guys to follow. On the field, he's very versatile and can play just about any position defensively. He's a very well rounded player, and has excellent potential on the mound while being a good hitter at the top of our lineup. He approaches the game the right way."