Mississippi State defensive end signee Jeffery Simmons was charged with assault for his role in an altercation last Thursday, and the school is in the process of examining the situation.
Coach Dan Mullen said he has spoken to Simmons about the issue, adding that MSU is currently in the process of gathering facts, according to ESPN’s Alex Scarborough. Per Scarborough, there is no timetable for a decision on Simmons’ status.
“To me, like any situation you get into, you evaluate all the details and research every aspect of it,” Mullen told ESPN.com Wednesday. “Our responsibility is to make sure we investigate every part of it.
“I want to see some of the police reports. There’s so much more I want to evaluate within the situation before I make a decision about what’s best for our program.”
Simmons, a five-star prospect and the Class of 2016’s No. 19 overall player per 247Sports’ composite ranking, was allegedly caught on tape hitting a woman several times in his hometown of Macon, Miss.
A video of the incident was posted to Facebook by the mother of the alleged victim. Simmons, who also received a misdemeanor citation for disturbing the peace, took responsibility for the quarrel on his own Facebook page.
“My apology goes out to the Taylor Family and especially to Sophia Taylor,” Simmons wrote, per Scarborough. “What was I thinking? Honestly, I wasn’t thinking, all I could think was this is my family and I’m supposed to defend my family. … I truly hope that you will find it in your hearts to forgive me for my actions.”