Things are tense at Mississippi State following the news that five-star defensive end signee Jeffery Simmons will only be suspended one game.
Video surfaced of him striking a woman on the ground several times in April, and Mississippi State announced the suspension last week at the SEC meeting in Destin, Fla.
Simmons will be suspended for the Bulldogs’ opening game against South Alabama on Sept. 3, and the school has been under a good bit of scrutiny for the decision.But will it have an affect on the recruiting trail?
Not for three-star Penn State commit D.J. Brown.
The Creekside High School (Fairburn, Ga.) native wasn’t exactly on board with the handling of the situation, but said it wouldn’t impact his decision to attend the university.
However, he does believe Simmons deserved more than a one-game suspension.
“Domestic abuse isn’t something to play with,” Brown told SEC Country. “ I think he should have been suspended a little bit longer than just a game. If he learned his lesson then he learned his lesson.
“I would say [he should have been suspended] at least two games because hitting a women, that’s not cool right there. It’s different from not going to class. Hitting a women is something serious. You can go to jail for that.”
Brown, who committed to Penn State on April 25, still hears from Mississippi State coaches every other day, and was invited to visit the school this upcoming weekend.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Brown has been hearing from LSU and Georgia in recent weeks, having conversations with Tigers wide receiver coach Dameyune Craig and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
Brown doesn’t hold a scholarship offer from either the Georgia or LSU, but reports 29 offers, including Kentucky, California and Colorado.
He is rated as the nation’s No. 90 cornerback and the No. 85 overall recruit in the state of Georgia, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Mississippi State seems like the most likely SEC team to flip Brown’s commitment, and the Simmons controversy won’t be weighed too heavily in the decision process.
“It’s just a one-time thing,” Brown said. “If it’s been a history of domestic violence at the school that would be different, but it’s just a one-time thing.”