"The thing that stuck out to me (at the Hawkeyes' elite junior day) was just how old school the coaches were. I liked that. The only thing that was fancy about them was the weight room. I also was just amazed with the amount of guys they send to the next level," Simmons said.
The Class of 2017 athlete from Ann Arbor (MI) Pioneer High already is receiving a lot of interest from colleges. The sophomore is hearing from Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Minnesota, among others.
Simmons said he played running back, wide receiver, slot receiver, fullback, inside linebacker, outside linebacker and defensive end this fall. At 6-foot, 210 pounds, Iowa told him they could see him at various spots.
"Coach (Phil) Parker was just telling me how good it is that I can play a lot of different positions," Simmons said. "He said they really like me as a player and they're going to be watching me later on in the future."
Simmons enjoys playing the game and is not hung up on where he lines up.
"They didn't say anything specific as far as where they see me playing," he said of the Iowa coaches. "They asked me what I wanted to play but it doesn't matter to me. I just want to be able play football. Wherever they need me at is fine."
Simmons also visited Michigan on Sunday. He said he would like to get out to Michigan State and Tennessee in the coming months but has yet to set up those stops.