Full Metal Jacket

Syracusefan.com spoke with Donnie Simmons on Thursday night after he committed to the Orange coaching staff earlier in the week and it sounds like fans will have a lot to look forward to in terms of a player who understands that hard work and a constant motor is what it takes to get things done on defense.

Donnie Simmons, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end from Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y., is a three-star recruit that Syracuse fans have to be excited about seeing come off the edge for the future.

"I was up on campus when I committed to Syracuse after visiting the campus on Sunday," Simmons said. "After taking in the campus for a day I decided to give the coaches my verbal commitment on Monday. I told Coach Doug Marrone that I felt right for the team and I told him I did and he was very excited and pleased about my choice to join the program. I felt very comfortable because I feel right at home at Syracuse."

"While I was there I went to the communications building which I want to major in and I met Dr. Wright who was a welcoming and open person and he told me a lot about the history of the school," Simmons added. "The facility itself is pretty amazing and I was just really impressed with what they had to offer from an academic point of view. After that we took a tour of the campus and the football facilities and then we came in and met with the coaches when is when I gave them my verbal commitment."

We asked Simmons how he felt about being compared by some to Dwight Freeney.

"I'm lost for words. It makes me feel really special and gives me something to look forward to, but at the same time I know I'm going to need to work really hard because Dwight Freeney didn't get where he did by sitting around. That boy is a beast man. I hope I can be that successful and help Syracuse that much when I get on campus there."

Simmons talked about what he feels he brings to the table as a pass rusher.

"I think I bring a lot of speed and athleticism and it's hard for offensive tackles to keep up with me. My mission is to make the offense absolutely fear our defense and just be really disruptive whether it's by going after the quarterback or running down the ball carrier in pursuit. On the football field I'm always trying to get to the ball and I think you always have to have the mentality that you have to play with a motor of 110-percent or you're not playing up to your potential. You have to go "Full Metal Jacket" and that's my mentality on the football field."

As a junior, Simmons had 77 tackles and eight sacks.

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