Five-star signee Jeffery Simmons will be allowed to play football for Mississippi State this fall.
It was revealed on Thursday that Simmons will be allowed to enroll at the university for the summer semester, but will serve a one-game suspension to begin his football career.
Mississippi State director of athletics Scott Stricklin issued the following statement in a press release that revealed the details of the decision:
“Based on conversations our staff has had with school, community and church leaders in Noxubee County, this incident appears to be uncharacteristic of Jeffery,” Stricklin said. “It’s a highly unique circumstance to administer discipline to a student for an incident that occurred prior to that individual joining our university. However, it’s important that Jeffery and other potential MSU students understand that these type of actions and poor decisions are not acceptable.
“We expect the structure and discipline Jeffery will be a part of in our football program to benefit him. Jeffery will be held accountable for his actions while at MSU, and there will be consequences for any future incidents.”
The release mentions that Simmons will be required to “undergo evaluation by the licensed professionals at the university’s Student Counseling Services and be required to complete any program prescribed by that office.”
Simmons faces misdemeanor charges for his role in a domestic altercation, which the university described in the press release:
Simmons is awaiting final resolution on misdemeanor charges where, in an effort to break up a domestic fight between his sister and another adult woman, he used physical force against one of those involved in the altercation.
Mississippi State opens the season against South Alabama.