He discusses his recruitment with Scout.com.
"It feels great. I'm just ready to hit the road and compete," said Jahvoni Simmons as he worked out with his fellow Thoroughbred teammates on Saturday.
The Thoroughbreds are a nationally ranked 7-on-7 team based out of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Although Simmons will be concentrating on his performance in their upcoming season, he will also be in full research mode, as he takes a closer look at several college programs.
"I am wide open."
Simmons, who is the third best middle linebacker on Scout.com, currently holds close to 20 offers, which includes: West Virginia, Clemson, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Tennessee-Florida State, Florida and Notre Dame have also showed interest. The Mountaineers were the latest school to offer.
"I don't know too much about them yet. I know Tavon Austin is from there. I haven't sat down and talked to the coaches yet, but (Ocean Lakes) Coach (Chris) Scott informed me they offered."
Simmons, who recently took a trip to Clemson, has no set visit yet to West Virginia or any other program.
"I don't have too many planned visits right now," he said, "just trying to stay in the weight room and trying to get better."
One possible visit coming on the horizon is a visit to Charlottesville. Simmons is trying to make it to Virginia's Junior Day, which will be held on March 1st.; the day UVa men's basketball will host Syracuse with ACC title implications.
"That is going to be a big game," he said. "I just have to check with my parents. I will probably get down there."
Mike London and his staff has done well recruiting in the Tidewater area, recruiting Thoroughbred alums five-star safety Quin Blanding and four-star wide receiver Jamil Kamara just in the 2014 class alone.
"They are a great program, everyone around here is going there," said the four-star 2015 prospect. "They are struggling right now, but I am looking forward to see what they do next year."
The Wahoos are not the only school Simmons is eyeing to visit.
"I definitely want to head to Ohio State. I really want to get down to Miami, Wisconsin and head to Tennessee again, I went there last summer."
For the 6-foot-2, 230 pounder, the traditions in Columbus and Coral Gables are a huge draw.
"OSU is linebacker university. They did well last year, came close to beating Clemson in the bowl. All around a great program, Urban Meyer is a great coach there. Just a great atmosphere over there."
"Some of the best linebackers in the country have played down there in Miami. I feel like I might be able to fill those shoes again, but wonder if I can go play, and play in that state and feel at home like I do here."
Wisconsin, like Virginia, provides familiarity. Badgers assistant Chris Beatty has not only coached in the Virginia Beach area, but coached several players close to Simmons at Landstown High School.
"Coach Beatty has been recruiting me very well, he is from the area." he explained. "Players that I know, of course my cousin Deveon Simmons, and Percy Harvin (they know Beatty very well). He is such a great guy, I just want t o head out there."
When he does head to Wisconsin or in fact anywhere, he will look to a few key factors.
"A school that sells the education program. Also I need to see how I and my parents feel about the coaches."
During his junior season, Simmons had 125 tackles, 40 tackles for a loss, five interceptions and five forced fumbles
Simmons is taking his time
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