Profile - Tyler Simmons
McEachern High School, GA athlete Tyler Simmons and his family made the short trip to Atlanta this weekend for an official visit to Georgia Tech. The visit allowed Tyler to get a closer look at Tech than he had gotten on previous visits.
Tyler made the trip with his dad and step-mom. “They loved their time at Tech. The fact they liked it so much was a good thing for me."
Simmons was hosted on the trip by his friend and former Sandy Creek defensive lineman Trent Sellers. “He said it was a great place to be and it's not like what others try to make it out to be.” Sellers let Tyler know that he could have a great time at Tech just like any other place. He also let Tyler know that if you practice and play hard, the coaches will see it and you will get playing time. “I loved hearing that. This trip really changed my thinking about Georgia Tech."
The trip also gave Tyler and his family a chance to see the academic side of things. That was another eye opener for Tyler. “I want to get a degree that will support me after my playing days are over.”
Having a chance to watch film was also a part of the visit for Tyler. The coaches pointed out to Tyler that players like him would have made a difference in the 2015 season. Knowing that the coaches though Tyler could be a difference maker was something Tyler liked hearing.
Coach Lamar Owens met with Tyler to show him the A Back position. Tyler liked seeing that he could be both a runner and a receiver. “It’s a good position to play in the offensive scheme they run at Tech.”
The visit moved Tech into Tyler’s top four. “Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, and Cal are the schools I like the most.” Tyler still has three more official visits and then he will sit down with his family to make his decision.
A December decision is likely for Tyler. “This process has been a long one and it has taken a lot of twists and turns. Some of them were good and some bad. “The trip to Tech was one of the good ones."
Tyler will be looking at all the coaching changes before he makes a decision. "One thing about Georgia Tech I like is the stability of their staff. The have a lot going for them in that regard." The chance to play as a freshman is another factor is something that Tyler will be considering. Finally, he will be looking at the academic side of things. “In today's world, it’s important that you get a good job. I want to put myself in a situation that I’m able to do that."