Simmons was a prep basketball standout at Ehret High School in Marrero, Louisiana, but when he graduated he decided he wanted to play football at the next level.
"I never played football in high school," Simmons recalled, "but I really wanted to play it in college. I went over to the University of Miami and they said that they can't offer a scholarship to someone who didn't play football in high school, and told me that I had to go to Junior College if I wanted a chance at a scholarship."
The offensive tackle did enroll at Northwest Community College, and said that even though he didn't suit up for any games there the experience was invaluable in terms of introducing him to the game he never played competitively and all that comes with it.
On the advice of the Hurricanes' staff, Simmons made the long journey to Southern California where he enrolled at Pasadena City College in 2008. The move paid immediate dividends as he hit the ground running and played both right and left tackle.
"I was surprised how well I played and so were the coaches,'" he said. "It's just all came to me easy I guess, but I did work hard to get to where I am at."
Simmons decided to transfer the following season to El Camino, and again it was another move that proved to be a beneficial one.
"I committed to Arizona State when Coach Yarber was out here to see me and Chris. I visited San Diego State this past weekend, but I want to see ASU this weekend and check them out before I make a (final) decision. Chris just committed to ASU this weekend, so it's a place that I would already know someone, but I have to make my decision for me."
It has been a long journey for Simmons for the last few years, but it is one that is about to come to a happy end, most likely donning the maroon and gold in the 2010 season.
"I'm excited and ready to go," Simmons commented. "I worked hard to this point and I know I just have to keep working harder now and improve on everything now that I'm going to play at the next level."
At this time it's unclear whether Simmons will be able to sign in December or only in February, but he will be a two for two player in terms of eligibility.
Portions of the interview were taken also from a prior interview Simmons did with JCFootball.com