Simmons sought after

Florida has been to Lakeland Christian this week and Penn State and others are expected this week as well. One of their prized prospects is junior running back T.J. Simmons.

Running back T.J. Simmons will be a busy many over the next few months. This three-star junior prospect from Lakeland Christian will be one of the most sought after running backs in the nation. Just this week alone Will Muschamp (Florida) has stopped by his school while Billy O'Brien (Penn State) is coming tomorrow and Virginia is expected soon.

"Coach Muschamp spent about 30 minutes here yesterday," said Wayne Peace, Lakeland Christian's coach. "Coach O'Brien is coming tomorrow. Georgia Southern will be here on Friday. I know Virginia will be here as well.

"It's funny, two years ago we had zero coaches come through during the spring. This season we had 53. And things will be much more busy over the coming months."

Simmons, 5-foot-11, 186-pounds, had a good junior campaign, especially considering he missed nearly all of last season with a knee injury. In nine games he rushed for 1,286 yards.

"You know, I think T.J. is a back that can fit into any scheme," Peace said. "I suspect that he would get to 210, 215-pounds in a hurry once he gets to college. This is a kid that can run out of an "I" or be a spread guy. He can do it all."

Simmons was most recently offered by Penn State. The Nittany Lions did that a few weeks ago. Florida, Ohio State, Miami, Louisville, USF, UCF, and Wake Forest are some of the schools that have offered him a scholarship as well.

Simmons is the No. 49 ranked running back in the 2015 class.

Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with and He's currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.
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