Simmons set to see Notre Dame

Four-star middle linebacker Jahvoni Simmons of Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes will be ready to trim his list to 10 within the next month. Will Notre Dame make the cut?

Linebacker Jahvoni Simmons is closing in on 20 offers. But, Notre Dame has yet to jump in that group.

"I've definitely been talking with the Notre Dame coaches," Simmons said. "I think the offer will come once I get on campus and they meet me and see me in person."

Simmons plans to trim his list to 10 around the same time he visits Notre Dame with teammates sophomore cornerback Levonta Taylor, who holds an Irish offer, and junior safety Jahque Alleyne.

"Either right before or right after I visit Notre Dame (mid-June), I plan to cut my list to 10," Simmons said. "Then, I'll cut it to five before the season starts and take my official visits."

Simmons has offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan State, N.C. State, UNC, Ohio State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. A few stick out to Simmons as recruiting him the hardest at this point in time.

"Georgia Tech, Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Virginia," Simmons said. "Those are the ones that immediately come to mind."

Notre Dame is also a program that keeps in regular contact with Simmons.

"They are on me pretty hard too," Simmons said. "I know they were in the national championship two years ago and they like the way that I play middle linebacker. Education is going to be first and foremost the most important factor in my decision, and I know that Notre Dame's name itself would lead to big job opportunities."

Simmons has visited Clemson, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech. This summer, along with Notre Dame, he plans to visit Alabama, Clemson, N.C. State, Ohio State, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound middle linebacker is ready to lead Ocean Lakes to a state championship this season.

"The past two years we've lost in the state championship and in the semi-finals," Simmons said. "So, it's time we win."

"I have good pursuit angles, and I would say I'm one of the hardest hitters in my class. I use my size to over-power the opposition."

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