Simmons: ‘My heart is at Alabama’

State championship game hero and current top wideout in the state of Alabama, T.J. Simmons had several offers to his name before a phone call to Nick Saban on Thursday, but he decided the end the process upon receiving his official UA offer.

T.J. Simmons admitted he’d been waiting on an offer from Alabama, and the Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville wide receiver got word of the likely news on Wednesday night. It became official news on Thursday, and he jumped on the extension with a verbal commitment.

“Alabama is one of the best programs in the country,” he said. “My family is all Alabama fans, so my heart is at Alabama. It’s a great opportunity.”

Nick Saban accepted Simmons’ pledge while he and 2017 Cougar standout Nico Collins were pulled out of class.

“Me and Nico were in class, they called us out, Coach Hood called up there and Coach Saban told me I was a good player and they offered,” Simmons said. “I was like, Alabama is one of the places I wanted to go, I asked him if I could commit.

“He said it was fine, and he was saying ‘it was great that you wanted to play for us.’ They want me to get up there and talk to the staff, I’m supposed to be going down there tomorrow.”

Currently pegged as the state of Alabama’s top 2016 wide receiver, the 6-foot-2, 189-pounder came to his decision on Thursday morning.

“I sat down, after I got off the phone with Coach (Billy) Napier, last night, and talked to my mom,” he said. “She said it was up to me and I prayed about it, and made the decision this morning.

“It’s crazy just knowing one of the best schools in the country wants you to come play for them.”

Simmons, who helped lead Clay-Chalkville to the 6A state championship in December, has long been a UA target, headed up by National Recruiter of the Year Mario Cristobal.

“Coach Cristobal is real cool and straight forward,” he said. “It just lets me know that ‘Bama is going to keep it real with me. “

Alabama now has five verbal commitments in the class of 2016, including Hoover defensive end Christian Ball, a 2015 recruit differing his enrollment until January.

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