SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The nation’s No. 3 defensive end has narrowed down his list of finalists and has his official visits set.
Jeffery Simmons, a four-star prospect from Noxubee County High School (Macon, Miss.), told SEC Country that his finalists are Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee. He also said that he was still considering Southern Mississippi.
The 6-foot-4, 262-pounder will take an official visit to Mississippi State on Jan. 15, Alabama on Jan. 22 and Ole Miss on Jan. 29. He is still deciding on whether or not Southern Miss will get a mid-week official.
There have been a lot of rumors circulating around Simmons’ recruitment that it’s really just a two-team race, with Alabama and Ole Miss duking it out for him, but he squashed that speculation.
“I am going to choose out of the ones I just said,” Simmons said. “I know a lot of people say it’s just between (Ole Miss and Alabama), but it’s not to me. I am not ready to make my decision at this point.”
Simmons broke down why he would decide to commit to each of his finalists when it comes time to make his National Signing Day decision.
On Alabama: “Just the environment. I feel like I can fit in with the people there. I feel like I could get a lot out of the program.”
The U.S. Army All-American also was asked if Alabama’s early playing time recruiting pitch is weighing on him heavily at the moment.
“It is a big deal because they have all of those guys leaving to go to the league,” he said. “That just gives me a chance to play early.”
On Ole Miss: “I’ve built a great relationship with everyone there. I interact with the people and environment so well there.”
On Mississippi State: “It’s the same thing as the two I just discussed, and I’m like 20 minutes away from Mississippi State.”
On Tennessee: “When I went on my official visit there, I loved the game environment. I really enjoyed Tennessee.”
Simmons is rated as the nation’s No. 36 overall recruit and is the No. 1 prospect in the state of Mississippi.