Sure the phenom is the most hyped basketball recruit to come to LSU in years. He's destined to be a top overall NBA Draft pick and is the Tigers' next great hope of postseason glory.
But Les Miles thinks he'd fit better on the gridiron.
"If he's interested in taking some snaps for us, I would throw it to him," Miles said at a press conference Thursday.
Miles wasn't joking though. "I am serious, dead serious," he said.
Miles remembers asking Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton while in Stillwater if he could borrow a couple of his guys, so there's a precedent in his mind even though his wish was never granted.
This one probably won't either, but Miles already has a vision of how he'd use Simmons.
"We'll just stand him over there, and when three guys are around him, we'll run it," Miles said. "When two guys are around him, we'll throw him the ball."
At 6-foot-10, Simmons outmeasures LSU's tallest wide receiver by five inches. That's a weapon no team in college football has.
"All he's got to prove to me is that he can catch," Miles said. "We would certainly all predict that he could, and he would set the NCAA record for touchdowns."
Miles would be wise to leave these fantasies as simply that though. His colleague Johnny Jones, the LSU basketball coach, would probably prefer his star freshman stays away from the football field.
Miles expects it would be hard to convince Jones otherwise.
"Johnny would have a fit," he said.