Prolific Tailback Hopes to Follow Teammate

Iowa State will most likely sign just one tailback in the Class of 2003, so when the coaching staff comes calling recruits know they mean business.

That's the case with A. Maceo Smith standout Ronald Simmons, who is putting up some incredible numbers during his senior season.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder may very well hit the 2,000-yard mark in Thursday's playoff opener against Thomas Jefferson. He's already rushed for 1,874 yards and 17 touchdowns on 223 carries. He also presents a threat out of the backfield as a receiver, and has 225 yards receiving and two scores on nine catches.

Simmons appears to be a similar style of running back as former All-Big 12 standout Ennis Haywood.

"When I get the ball, I want to go get it," he said. "The only thing I'm thinking when I get the ball is touchdown. All of that shaking is not really me. I do it a little bit, but mostly it's just north and south. I like to run it up in there, make my move and go."

Although the Cyclones have yet to offer Simmons, he makes no secret as to where he would prefer to go.

"I like Colorado, but I really like Iowa State," he said. "Iowa State's a good team and I like their head coach. (Assistant coach) Tony Alford's really cool and I like him. He talks to me like he knows me. I talked to him a few weeks ago and he was saying that they were only looking for one running back. He got my address and said they were going to send me some papers. I'd like to go check out Iowa State."

In addition to the Buffaloes and Cyclones, Arkansas is also tempting for Simmons and his family, because of its proximity to Dallas.

ISU has a lot of appeal for many reasons, said Simmons.

"I really like their plans for an indoor practice facility," he said. "And they're recruiting my teammate Billy Davidson. It would be fantastic to go to the same school. That would be great. He's my twin on the field. We're really close." Simmons has yet to schedule an official visit to ISU, but would prefer to make his trip the same weekend as Billy Davidson, Dec. 13-14.

Although his first preference is to play running back at the next level, Simmons said he wouldn't be opposed to moving to cornerback.

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