Four Star DE talks Duke interest

Duke’s recruiting has improved dramatically as the program continues to win. In the class of 2016 the Blue Devils are targeting one of the five best defensive ends in the nation. And he’s listening to the pitch.

Measuring out at 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds with a 4.8 personal best in the forty, Cincinnati (OH) Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy standout Prince Sammons has all the physical tools to be one of the best players in the country. So far, he’s proven to be just that and the recruiting world has taken notice.

So far Sammons has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio State, Iowa, Penn State, Illinois, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Cincinnati, Duke, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Akron, and Toledo. With heavy interest from Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan St.

It’s an assortment of high major programs for sure, but his recruiting resume doesn’t tell the entire story either. For that you have to go across the ocean to Prince’s native country of Nigeria and a childhood that saw his parents both killed. Soon after Prince was brought to Wisconsin where, eventually, CHCA assistant coach, Brandon Sammons, and his wife, found and adopted him.

Soon after, Prince adopted his new surname. A complete recap of his story is here.

His biography covered, Sammons projects as a high major prospect at any number of positions. He’s currently playing defensive end and offensive tackle for Cincinnati Hills and is being recruited as a defensive end, offensive tackle, and tight end at the collegiate level.

“This is just his second year ever playing,” said Brandon Sammons. “He’s improved this season as his understanding of assignments has grown as has his reaction on the field. He’s playing with more instinct than last year, and he’s improving every week.”

With such a short football resume, Sammons knows his adopted son will need to focus on some key points in order to continue his development.

“He needs to focus on finishing plays/ running through people when tackling. Additionally, he needs to work on fishing his tackles and getting more experience and exposure to different situations presented by the game, and staying low on every down.”

On the recruiting trail Sammons has visited Michigan multiple times along with trips to Ohio State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Sammons reports the coaches from Ohio State, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky are in contact the most.

Duke was in contact early in the process and the Blue Devils projected Sammons as a defense end, but contact has somewhat slowed of late.

“We’d be open to visiting them in the spring or summer,” said the assistant coach. “It’s a great school and we would love to learn a lot more about them. We haven’t heard as much but with their turnaround in recently years, we are interested to learn and see more.”

As the process continues the player and parent know what will be important as the decision making process begins to form.

“We’re looking at everything from academic programs to the coaches. Academics are very important, and it’ll be a situation where we sit down with his other coaches, myself, and his mom.”

Simmons is considered a four star prospect and is rated as the No. 4 defensive end in the country by Scout.com.


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