Terps Have Simmons' Attention

Fort Pierce Central (Fort Pierce, Fla.) class of 2016 outside linebacker Greg Simmons said his recruitment reached a new level in mid-January. After pulling in early offers from the likes of Cincinnati and Florida Atlantic, the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder said he picked up his third FBS offer from Maryland, immediately vaulting the Terps to the top of his initial leaderboard.

Fort Pierce Central (Fort Pierce, Fla.) class of 2016 outside linebacker Greg Simmons said his recruitment reached a new level in mid-January. After pulling in early offers from the likes of Cincinnati and Florida Atlantic, the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder claimed his third FBS offer from Maryland, immediately vaulting the Terps to the top of his initial leaderboard.

“Maryland, that was a crazy offer man, crazy,” Simmons said. “It’s in the Big Ten, and just competing against Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State -- that’s a big thing for me. As soon as I got that offer, I put it as my No. 1 school because they play in that conference. That’s huge – one of the biggest conferences in the nation. Maryland, they’re rolling right now.”

Simmons mentioned that he’s been in touch with Terps’ defensive coordinator Brian Stewart for around a month or so. The Florida backer said Stewart visited Fort Pierce Central in December to speak to his coaches, and later, after evaluating film, extended the offer.

Apparently Simmons was in the dark about it, however, until he found out through one of his teachers the verbal was on the table.

“I had no idea the offer was even there, because Coach Stewart told my coaches about it, but they didn’t want me to know yet,” Simmons said. “But then one of my teachers found out [about the offer] and told me. So I texted Coach Stewart and thanked him for believing in me and taking a chance on me. Maryland is giving me an opportunity and I’m truly blessed. I told Coach Stewart I’m truly blessed to have the offer, and how I’m really, really interested in them and can’t wait to come visit.”

During previous message exchanges with UMD’s assistant, Simmons said Stewart let him know how he’d be a “perfect fit” in the Terps’ defense.

“Coach Stewart really likes my highlight tape, how I get after the ball and how I was just the perfect fit for them in the 3-4 defense,” Simmons said. “He said he really liked the way I played. He said the staff there likes me at linebacker and how I was the type of player he was looking for. He likes how I can blitz, get after the quarterback and just have fun getting after it.”

Simmons doesn’t know too much about College Park, Md., yet, but he is obviously aware of the Big Ten affiliation. In addition, he said he enjoyed watching receiver Stefon Diggs and cornerback Will Likely, whom the Fort Pierce prospect competed against when Likely was at Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.).

“I love the uniforms, they’re pretty nice, all the Under Armour stuff,” Simmons said. “And I like Stefon Diggs, he’s a real good player. And I played against Will Likely too. So there’s some things Maryland has going for them.

“But I can’t wait to meet Coach Brian again. He’s a really cool guy, and I can’t wait to get up there to see him and the rest of the coaches. I’ll probably get up there over the summer.”

In addition to Maryland, Simmons plans to check out Virginia Tech, which he said should be anteing up soon. He has no other scheduled trips at this time, calling Tech and UMD “my two big ones.”

Simmons went on to say that he’s not waiting for any offers in particular and is just “really excited about my Maryland offer right now.”

“But, you know, the recruiting is starting to pick up a lot. I’m just enjoying it right now,” Simmons said. “Virginia Tech, Umass, Miami, FIU and Florida State are about to be in the mix. I’m thinking probably Va Tech will offer next; their coaches have been in touch a good bit.”

Simmons acknowledged that he has no intentions of making an early college decision. He said he’d most likely wait until after his senior season before announcing anything in regards to his destination.

“It’s still early and I’m just enjoying the process right now,” Simmons said.

The Sunshine State recruit said he played defensive end his sophomore year and racked up 10 sacks. Last season, however, he shifted to outside linebacker to fill a team need and ended up with 90 tackles and seven sacks.

“Last year was my first year at linebacker, and I ate it up and a I just loved it,” Simmons said. “I had a lot of big hits; I love rushing the quarterback and taking peoples’ heads off (laughs).”

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