With Auburn very high on his list throughout the process following a visit during the summer, Simmons decided to take a second look at the Tigers over the weekend with an official visit to the Plains and said he came away impressed.
Getting to spend time with the coaching staff and players and also witness Auburn's Senior Awards Banquet on Friday night, Simmons says the visit went very well for him.
"I learned a lot," he says. "I came up there in the summertime so I knew a few things, but going up there again I learned about the academic things. I want to be a high school math teacher so I got a lot of help with that. It was just a great experience.
"We kind of fell off during the season, but going back up there and realizing how much the coaches really care you," he adds. "Talking to Coach Smith and Coach Cheese (Charlies Harbison) they are really great guys. I just love being around those guys."
Already with commitments from Stephen Roberts, Kalvaraz Bessent, Nick Ruffin and Derrick Moncrief in the secondary, the focus on taller defensive backs has been apparent so far for the Tigers. At 6-3, 182, Simmons fits the bill as well and says that's one of the reasons why Auburn likes him.
"Pretty much they like me a lot because I can play multiple positions, that boundary safety, field safety and also the boundary corner," Simmons says. "That's why they like me so much, that I'm versatile."
With Auburn at the top or near the top of his list early in the process, Simmons committed to Rutgers after not hearing from the Tigers much during the year. He says that's not a concern for him because of what he's seen from the program on and off the field.
"I know what type of coaches they are," Simmons says. "I know they are handling business, going from 3-9 to 12-1. I understand the process.
"They are very interested in me," he adds. "Coach Smith and Coach Cheese are great recruiters. They have been pressing me a lot, but it's all out of fun."
Adding offers from USC and Penn State in the last two months, Simmons says his list has changed with new schools in the mix. No longer considering Rutgers, he says his final group consists of Auburn, USC, Penn State, Arkansas and Georgia Tech.
Simmons plans to visit Georgia Tech on Jan. 25 and Penn State on Feb. 1. He says on Jan. 17 he will visit either Arkansas or USC.