After Bobby Petrino left for Atlanta, Simms re-opened his recruitment and made official visit to Michigan State and NC State. But when the dust cleared on National Signing Day, the Cardinals got their man.
A U.S. Army All-American and the son of a former Super Bowl MVP, the 6-3, 210-pound Simms said he was excited to finally get his recruiting process behind him and is looking forward to the challenge that awaits him in Louisville.
"It feels good to sign with a team I feel comfortable with and that I know I can compete at," Simms told InsideTheVille.com shortly after faxing his Letter of Intent to U of L Wednesday morning.
Simms led Don Bosco Prep to the 2006 New Jersey state title, throwing for more than 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns.
"He's a tough, competitive kid," Don Bosco assistant Nunzio Campanille said. He's got a great work ethic and he's a great leader. He has a great arm and has everything you could want in a quarterback."
Simms is one of the headlines recruits of Kragthorpe's first class at Louisville. And while the Cardinals class is a little thin on numbers, it's heavy on star talent, including four-star prospects Willie Williams, Woodny Turenne, Dale Martin, Victor Anderson and Kentucky Mr. Football Doug Beaumont
"I've really been impressed with the recruiting class coach Kragthorpe has put together," Simms said. "I thought that they would have some trouble with coach Petrino leaving, but coach Kragthorpe has really worked hard and didn't miss a beat."
Campanille credited Kraghtorpe's decision to retain assistant Jeff Brohm as a major factor in Simms' decision to sign with Louisville.
"I think he always had confidence in the players at Louisville, but when he met with coach Kragthorpe and learned that coach Brohm was staying I think that sealed the deal," Campanille said. "I think coach Brohm played a pretty big part in Matt's decision because he played in the NFL and knows what it takes to play in that league."
While he could conceivably come in to college and compete for minutes behind future NFL draft pick Brian Brohm, Simms would prefer to redshirt and learn on the sidelines next season.
"I think I would prefer to redshirt and that's what I've told the coaches," Simms said. "But that's up to the coaches and I'll do whatever they ask me to do. I just want to get down there and mature as a person and grow and improve on the football field."