Like so many other top-rated recruits, 4-star defensive end Jeffery Simmons was in attendance for Saturday’s game between Alabama and Ole Miss.
Where else he’ll be visiting this fall remains unknown, but Simmons told the AJC’s SECcountry.com that he has a few schools in mind.
The 6-foot-4, 262-pounder from Noxubee County (Miss.) conceded that he’ll likely take official visits to Auburn, LSU and Tennessee, though nothing has been scheduled.
Simmons, who has reported 13 offers, says he hasn’t arrived at a list of finalists and remains open to all of his schools. According to 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball predictions, though, it would appear that Mississippi State, Alabama and Ole Miss are the early favorites.
Having been in attendance for the Alabama-Ole Miss game, Simmons offered up his take on both programs.
On the play of the Rebels defense: “Defenses win championships in my eyes. Their defense played a great game, especially the defensive front.”
On the atmosphere: “I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was crazy. When I first walked into the stadium, I heard all the songs playing. Just being there for the first time for an Alabama game, I was impressed.”
On the play of the Crimson Tide defense: “They sacked Chad Kelly like four or five times. I think they sacked him three times in a row. They made some good stands on goal-line (situations), and they forced a lot of three-and-outs.”
Simmons maintains that one game won’t decide the outcome of his recruitment. In fact, it doesn’t appear that it will have any effect on his decision, though he acknowledges Ole Miss’ rise in recent years.
“When it comes down to it, you have to look at the history,” Simmons told the AJC’s SECcountry.com. “I’m not going to go based off of who wins this game, who wins that game.”
Simmons is rated as the No. 38 player in the country.