Jeff Simmons talks last-minute Alabama visit

The high school football world witnessed Jeff Simmons explode on Friday and he took in Alabama once again on Saturday.

Jeffery Simmons was the talk of the high school football world Friday night into Saturday morning after a monster senior season debut. He notched several sacks, tackles for loss and even blocked a field goal in Macon (Miss.) Noxubee County‘s win over rival and state power Starkville (Miss.) High.

Admittedly banged up and somewhat worn out the next morning, the climbing four-star edge talent trekked to Tuscaloosa on Saturday anyway.

“I was real sore and my body was aching from the game, but I just wanted to get over there. It’s just the environment over there, I can’t get enough of it,” he said. “When I go over there, they give you the atmosphere, they give you the hospitality over there.

“They brought the game up, coach Bo (Davis) especially. He was telling me how he was hearing about the game and that he was keeping up with the game during it. After the scrimmage he said, ‘I heard about what you did last night and I could have used it out there during the scrimmage.’ He says he sees me in their defense.”

Simmons says he enjoyed his time on campus, both in watching the scrimmage and catching up with Nick Saban’s staff.

“The visit was very good. I got the chance to watch their scrimmage and talk to some of the coaches and some of the players. I’m getting closer with the Alabama coaching staff,” he said.

“I feel like the defense is going to be strong. It has depth, they're big up front and they have speed coming off the ball. One of the guys who I look at is (D.J.) Pettway, I’ve been watching him since he was at East Mississippi (Community College). To me, Pettway is one of the best pass-rushers in college ball right now. He’s maybe undersized but I think he’s a great player.

“I think it’s multiple roles (for me there) with the athletic ability I’ve got. I can drop back in coverage and play multiple positions on their front.”

In seemingly no rush to make a verbal commitment, one of the most courted defenders in SEC country continues to work on narrowing his large list of suitors while the expectation of playing in the premiere conference remains.

“I have to sit down with my coach, I don’t really have a list yet but Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama, LSU and Southern Miss is in the mix because I could end up playing with my brother. But I’m not going to pick a school just because of that,” Simmons said. “I’m going to look at the depth chart and I’m going to just pick which one is the best for me and my family.”

Will he leave the state? The answer is far from clarity, he says, but the notion that he won’t is something he’s taking lightly at this time.

“The in-state pressure is not a big deal to me,” he said. “Getting out of state, like Alabama or LSU, any place out of state, if it’s the best for me and my family, then I’m going to pick that school. If being in-state is for me, then I’m staying in-state. To me, it’s a big family here in Mississippi and I know there’s a lot of pressure to stay, but I’m doing what’s best for me and my family.”

Simmons is a four-star defensive end on Scout, which was in attendance for his classic performance Friday night. Video can be seen below.


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