"Effort beats talent any day,” Simms said. "It’s all about effort. When you don’t quit and show good character and effort, good things happen. We came back from a big deficit and played through adversity.”
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2016 OL Simms '100% Committed'
Seniors are who teammates look to when they need someone to provide leadership. And that’s exactly why East St. Louis (IL) offensive lineman Tre’Vour Simms wants to lead by example for his team, especially when they face a difficult challenge.
That challenge came in the Flyers’ season opener, as they faced a 21-6 deficit at halftime. But Simms and his offense buckled down and went to work in the second half to outscore Simeon 22-0 in the second half.
The Flyers got off to an uncharacteristically slow and sloppy start in the game, but the halftime adjustments clearly worked, and Simms and the Flyers dominated once they got in a rhythm.
"We were kind of rusty to start,” he admitted. "Everyone needed to lock in and execute. You see that when you execute, you come out with a W.”
Simms admitted that the offense struggled to produce up to their expectations in the first half, but seeing the effort of his defense sparked the offense to get it together and have their way in the rally.
"It was VERY important that our offense improved,” Simms said. "Our defense got the stops, so we had to put up the numbers. That’s how we get wins. A lot of it was just effort, though. We didn’t quit."
Simms hopes to bring that same toughness to Illinois next year. After receiving an offer at a camp this spring, Simms committed to the Illini and says that he is bought in to the school.
"I like the program a lot,” he said. "I’m in love with the program and what they’re trying to build. That bond is still growing."
Beckman’s firing caught many recruits by surprise, but Simms didn’t seem too rattled by the news.
"Actually, I just leave that to them,” he said. "I don’t really react to it. My job is to play football. I’m still 100% committed.”
Simms is even pursuing some of his teammates to join him at Illinois, both of whom have offers from the Illini.
"I’m recruiting some of my teammates,” Simms said. "I’m on Terez Lagrone and Jeff Thomas a lot to come with me. 618 to 217 pipeline."
Simms is planning on getting to Illinois for a visit this fall, and said he hopes to make it the weekend of the homecoming game.
"I’m planning on coming down for the Wisconsin game for a visit,” he said.
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