Mississippi State has announced a decision on the status of five-star Class of 2016 defensive end commit Jeffery Simmons, who was charged with simple battery after a video surfaced in April of him striking a woman during an altercation.
Simmons will be allowed to enroll at the university for summer school and participate in team activities, with conditions, the school announced Thursday. Simmons will be suspended for the Bulldogs’ first game against South Alabama, while also being evaluated by the licensed professionals at the university’s Student Counseling Services.
Simmons apologized after footage of the altercation was posted online, saying, “My apology goes out to the Taylor Family and especially to Sophia Taylor (the woman he struck). 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.”
Simmons, who was rated as the No. 1 overall player in Mississippi, according to the 247Sports Composite, committed to the Bulldogs on National Signing Day in February. He chose Mississippi State over offers from Alabama and Ole Miss, among others.