Buford's head coach becomes a Panther

- A big decision by Buford High School Coach Jess Simpson was announced Friday.

“I had a desire to do something different for a long time,” Coach Simpson told FOX 5’s Ken Rodriguez. “And you know when the time is right.”

Coach Simpson said he is leaving the school to join Georgia State’s new coach, Shawn Elliott, as a Panthers’ defensive line coach.

“Very excited to be working with Shawn Elliott. He’s all football coach,” said Simpson.

Simpson has been part of ten of Buford's 11 state championships with seven of those years head coach. He has a 93.2 winning percentage since taking over for Dexter Wood in 2005.

Already, Simpson has a plan to strengthen the Panthers.

“There will be three prong plan to recruiting: Georgia, Georgia and Georgia,” said Simpson.

The coach said he is excited about the future of the program.

“In four years it could be a neat deal,” he said.

No immediate word on who would replace Simpson at Buford.

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