Simmons says UA is like 'NFL campus'

Spring football practice visits serve many purposes at Alabama and many programs across the country. It's a preview of how things are run in the fall, enables for one-on-one time with recruiters, current players and much more. For Scout300 defensive end Jeffery Simmons, it was a combination.

Scout300 defensive end Jeffery Simmons has been busy this spring, with visits to many SEC schools in order to get a closer look at the campus and to take in spring practice.

Last week, the Macon (Miss.) Noxubee County product was in Tuscaloosa and he came away impressed.

"It was great," he said. "Everything was fast and organized! Practice was great and being able to see (defensive line) Coach (Bo) Davis coach them guys today was great."

Davis is Simmons' primary recruiter for Alabama, which offered in late February. The two are furthering their relationship as the Crimson Tide looks to sign a blue-chip recruit from its neighboring state for the first time in Nick Saban's tenure.

"I feel like we getting closer," he said. "Really don't know him personally, but we getting there. He seems like a great coach. To me, it seems like he don't like to be repeated and he like everything fast and right! Technique is the key."

Simmons is being courted as a versatile edge prospect, one that could involve playing JACK linebacker at the next level. The rising-senior is open to the thought of playing multiple positions within a program's front-seven.

"They were telling me that I would be that end guy and they would be able to use me as a 'backer, too, because of my speed," he said. "I would love to do it! I mean I would play any position if I could, I just love the game."

With many SEC programs after his commitment, including the in-state pair and Auburn already having offered, there's no rush to make a decision. LSU is an offer Simmons would like to add at some point, too, though the impression of Alabama's program has the Crimson Tide in the thick of the race.

The environment on campus, along with that he experienced with the spring practice and coaching staff has UA in the running.

"When you arrive there it feels like you're at an NFL campus or something," he said. "Like everything is nice; the coaches and tour crew. Like if it's best for my family and myself, I might just (end) up there.

"I'm not ready to commit, though. I really don't have a favorite. I just love the way they (Alabama) show me love, so I will show it back."

Scout.com tabs Simmons as Mississippi's top defensive end prospect and No. 29 nationally.

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