Simmons looking at a return

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. - Virginia Beach-Ocean Lakes 4-star MLB Jahvoni Simmons is planning trips for the next few months, and he spoke to Scout about some possibilities.

Four-star middle linebacker Jahvoni Simmons of Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes has a handful of schools he wants to visit in the coming months, and he has a time frame for making a decision.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Simmons, who is the No. 2-rated middle linebacker in Scout'com's 2015 class, wants to decide after making some official visits.

"I'm wide open right now," he said during the weekend Pylon 7v7 at Bruin Stadium. "I'll decide either midseason or after the season. I'm going to do some officials. I haven't set any yet."

Those trips could be contingent on which trips he is able to make in the coming months, and he has an idea on where he would like to go.

"I definitely want to shoot down to Alabama, Miami, Wisconsin, Ohio State," he said. "I'll probably shoot back down to Tennessee and Clemson. They're national championship-contending teams, and I love their coaching staffs. I love the way they treat me. I want to see if it's real when it's in person."

Simmons is also considering in-state schools Virginia Tech and Virginia, but the buzz he created at the event stemmed from the Clemson hat he was wearing.

"I've been talking to coach (Brrent) Venebales. He's a great dude, great linebacker coach," Simmons said. "He coached two Dick Butkus award winners, and that shows great things and that he actually knows what he's talking about. It's not just one player. It's not just the athlete. To have two on one team is pretty big."

Although Simmons holds a bundle of offers and schools are clamoring for him to visit, he is enjoying the process.

"It's starting to get fun," he said. "It's starting to get interesting. I'm starting to see how the coaches actually feel about you. It's fun seeing the different ways coaches start to come at you, and the things they say to you, and they way they look at you as a person, and as a football player.

"They want you so you're in control of when you want to talk to them. You make it as stressful or as fun as possible."

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