"It was obvious right away that Chad was going to be a star in this business," said Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy, who was the South Manager in 2004. "I was thrilled for Chad personally when Rivals gave him the opportunity to be in the business full time. I knew he was going to be tough competition for Scout, but I always hoped that we'd be working together again. I'm even more thrilled that Scout is in the position to bring him back to the family."
Simmons talks about returning to Scout.com:
"I am very happy to be back where it all started for me in the recruiting industry," said Simmons. "I was given a chance to do something I always looked at as a hobby by Scout years ago, and it then turned into my career. It all started here, and I am looking forward to going back to work with the great group within this network. Covering recruiting is a passion of mine, and I want to help Scout in any way, be the best from coast to coast."
Dean Legge, publisher of DawgPost.com knows what Simmons, a Georgia native, brings to the table.
"Chad has the uncanny ability to cover recruiting on a day-to-day basis with an attention to detail," said Legge. "With this move Scout.com moves to the forefront of recruiting and team coverage."
Simmons will have the opportunity to increase his coverage area throughout the south, but his presence has already been felt by fans of teams that recruit the state of Georgia, which is the fourth largest producer of Division 1 signees in the country.
"He is the leading authority in the state of Georgia," said Roy Philpott publisher of CUTigers.com. "Having him on board, means something for CUTigers and any of the teams that recruit the state of Georgia, because Chad does such a great job. Our subscriber know who he is, and what he brings to the table. We're excited to have him."
Scout.com is excited to have Chad back home as well.