North Carolina just picked up a talented defensive back from the state of Florida so lets take a closer look at him as a prospect.
What to Like: Malik Simmons
is a talented defensive back prospect from Lehigh High in SW Florida. At 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, he has ideal size that everyone covets these days in major Division 1 cornerback prospects. He plays big, too, and isn't afraid to mix it up -- especially with bigger receivers coming off the line of scrimmage. Athletically, he has a lot of what you look for and even plays quarterback on the offensive side of the ball so he's used to playing all the time and he's used to making plays with the ball in his hands.
What may concern you: While he has ideal size and athleticism, Simmons still needs to learn how to be a cover corner. He relies on the attributes mentioned earlier and will simply need to learn the cornerback techniques. He also lacks elite level speed for a major college cornerback prospect.
Bottom Line: Simmons picked the tar Heels over offers from schools like Boston College, USF, and Wake Forest. Recruited like a three-star prospect, he gives the Tar Heels another quality defensive back prospect from inside the state of Florida.