2016 WR checks out A-Day

Alabama hosted considerable underclassmen during A-Day over the weekend, including one of the top sophomores within the state. A return trip, in hopes for a scholarship offers, has already been planned.

"It was fun," T.J. Simmons just said of his time at Alabama over the weekend.

The class of 2016 wide receiver from Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville has been to Tuscaloosa multiple times early in his recruitment, but this last time around was for A-Day festivities.

"We took a tour of the athletic building and we got to watch warm-ups on the field," he said. "We got to talk to some of the players, too.

"I talked to Reuben Foster and Robert Foster. It was nice being able to hear from the players about how it was to be a player."

With early offers from Cincinnati and South Alabama already to his name, the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is already becoming a commodity among the state's sophomore prospects. He's firmly on the Crimson Tide's radar as well.

"The receivers coach (Billy Napier) told me that they were very interested in me and wanted to see me in camp," Simmons said. "I feel like if I got there, it will improve my chances of going pro.

"I've been there before and I like the way older players mentor and help the younger players."

The sophomore says the way he plays, no matter his role at wide receiver on a given play, enables him to have lofty goals like major college football and potentially the NFL after.

"The way I make a play with and without the ball," he said of his skill-set. "When I can make a big block that opens up a hole for the run back to turn a five-yard run into a 30-yard touchdown."

Simmons thinks that his third early offer could come from the ACC or SEC. But not from Nick Saban's program just yet.

"I'm hearing Auburn, Syracuse, Clemson, Western Kentucky, UCLA, N.C. State and I heard Kentucky and Oklahoma were interested," he said. "N.C. State or Auburn may be next to offer."


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