Darryle Simmons (photo by Brian Dohn)

Pa. No. 2 WR Darryle Simmons talks Big Ten, ACC, SEC visits

Philadelphia St. Joseph's receiver Darryle Simmons talks top six, recent ACC, SEC, Big Ten visits and where his recruitment stands.

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Darryle Simmons, the No. 2 receiver in Pennsylvania's 2018 class, made plenty of headway in his recruitment the last few months.

The Philadelphia St. Joseph's standout made a handful of visits, settled on a top six of Penn StateNorth CarolinaTennesseeMarylandVirginia Tech and West Virginia, and he was close to finishing unofficial visits to each school.

Then, Wisconsin offered the 6-foot-3, 207-pound Simmons.

"I'm still looking at some others," Simmons said. "I'm open to new offers."

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Of Simmons' top six, he made visits to North Carolina, Tennessee and Penn State recently. He is set to visit West Virginia on March 19, and Virginia Tech on March 25. He is setting a visit to Maryland.

Simmons was at North Carolina a few weeks ago, and he was able to get a flavor of the program and the school.

"I saw the campus and I was able to talk to the coaches a lot," he said. "The fan base is a lot bigger than I thought it was. It was a really nice campus. It just seemed really safe. Everything seemed really clean and safe, and the buildings looked great.

"Also, it is a really good academic school."

Simmons spent much of his time with receivers coach Gunter Brewer and tight ends coach Chad Scott.

"They're really cool coaches," Simmons said. "I feel like they were telling me the truth about everything that would happen, and everything seemed pretty good there."

The week after visiting North Carolina, Simmons made a return visit to Penn State.

"They're back," Simmons said. "I've been recruited by Penn State since my freshman year, and every time I went there, they were talking about 'When they get back,' and how it was going to be. And everything they said is true.

"They're back now. They're back to being a powerhouse school."

Penn State receivers coach Josh Gattis spent a lot of time with Simmons.

"There are a lot of coaches that are cool, but I would rather have an honest coach than a cool coach," Simmons said. "Coach Gattis is really honest. I've been there a lot so there wasn't anything new for (coach James Franklin) to say.

"The coaches have always been confident, but now there is more proof than what it was before."

Simmons' most recent trip was to Tennessee, where he spent Saturday checking out the campus and the facilities.

"Everything was big," he said. "Other than Georgia, that was probably the biggest football school I visited. Probably the fan base (stands out the most), the support system they have for football at the school.

"The coaches are real energetic. They give me a vibe like an old Miami vibe, like gritty. It's something I would like to play for. They are gritty. Not showboating, but just excited."

In visiting West Virginia, Simmons wants to delve deep into a program he does not know much about.

"I haven't really talked to the receivers coach," Simmons said. "I would like to see them practice. I want to see the campus and the academic facilities."

Six days after visiting West Virginia, Simmons will travel to Virginia Tech for a more in-depth look at the program. His last visit was positive and informative, but he wants to learn more.

"I want to go back because I have not seen much of the school part, or the dorms, or anything like that," Simmons said. "I want to get more of a feel for it. I went for a visit last year and the day we went it was snowing so you couldn't see much but from what I remember, it was a beautiful campus."


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