That doesn't mean, however, that legitimate Division One prospects don't sometimes still fly under the radar.
Take Olathe (Kan.) North's Victor Simmons, for example. The 6-foot-1,
185-pound athlete was instrumental in the Eagles' 2009 Kansas Class 6A
state championship, rushing for 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns as one of
the team's two primary quarterbacks. In limited action on defense, he
accounted for 25 tackles and five pass break-ups while playing
virtually every spot in the secondary.
And yet, until last week the versatile senior-to-be had received only
limited interest from D-1 programs. That all changed, however, when the
University of Kansas extended him his first official scholarship offer
in early June.
Little more than a week later, Simmons committed to Head Coach Turner Gill and the Jayhawks.
Recently, Scout.com caught up with Olathe North Head Coach Pete Flood
to talk about the future Kansas safety. Here's what he had to say:
Q: What makes Simmons successful as a person and a player?
Flood: Victor has got all the physical characteristics that you want in
an athlete at that level. He's bright, he's intelligent, he's
confident. His best days are ahead of him.
Q: He played both quarterback and defensive back for the Eagles. Will
he do the same in 2010? What makes him so valuable to the team?
Flood: He was one of our quarterbacks last year in our two quarterback
system. He did play defense some, too, but we were not in a situation
where we needed him on defense. We had a veteran secondary corps coming
back but he was fully capable. We utilized him in our nickel packages.
He played corner because of an injury one week, he played safety the
next week and excelled at both. He will be a defensive player for us at
a safety/outside linebacker type.
Q: What about his physical attributes? How is he as an athlete?
Flood: His speed is definitely a big factor in his ability to perform,
but also his strength. He runs with the ball hard, he's worked hard in
the weight room. From an offensive standpoint he's elusive, he's got
great agility. Defensively he's physical in nature. So all those things
kind of correlate into a pretty good football player.
Coach's Take: Victor Simmons
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