The Macon (Miss.) police department says five-star Mississippi State signee Jeffery Simmons has been charged with disturbing the peace and assault, both misdemeanors, after the prized recruit was allegedly caught on video hitting a woman, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.
“We are aware of the situation,” Mississippi State University public affairs director Sid Salter told The Clarion-Ledger Monday. “As more details become available, we will continue to evaluate the situation.”
The fight took place Thursday, according to Summer Rascoll of WCBI. Simmons issued an apology on Facebook Saturday after the video in question was made public, citing that he lost his temper after someone spoke badly about his deceased nephews.
The Mississippi State signee directed the apology to Sophia Taylor and her family.
Taylor, along with three others involved in the altercation, was also charged with disturbing the peace, according to Isabelle Altman of The Dispatch. Taylor has reportedly filed a simple assault affidavit against Simmons.
Simmons signed to play for the Bulldogs on National Signing Day in February. He was the top-rated Mississippi prospect in the Class of 2016 and the No. 3 defensive end in the country, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.