Is Simms Feeling The Movement?

Sherwood (Sandy Spring, Md.) receiver Marcus Simms has been committed to West Virginia since March 15. Is he still a firm pledge?

Sherwood (Sandy Spring, Md.) receiver Marcus Simms has been committed to West Virginia since March 15, and he remains a firm Mountaineers pledge some two-plus months later. That said, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder hasn’t completely shut down his recruitment and is at least listening to other recruiting pitches.

Namely, those from the hometown school, which finished second in the running back in March.

“You know, I’ve been talking to Dwayne Haskins (Bullis/Potomac, Md.) a little bit, and he’s trying to get me back on Maryland, so we’ll see what’s up,” said Simms, who holds offers from WVU, UMD, Arizona, Rutgers, Boston College, Pitt, Indiana, Wake Forest, UVA and others. “Dwayne is telling me how the [DMV-to-UMD] Movement is real, how it’s going to be big time at Maryland, and how the Terps are becoming a force in Big Ten recruiting. He said if I open my eyes and look at the direction Maryland is heading, it’s going to the top. So, yeah, we’ve been talking some, and it’s something I’m thinking about. Dwayne is obviously a great quarterback, and it would be cool to catch passes from him.”

The Terps’ pledge Haskins isn’t the only one in his ear about Maryland. His former teammates at DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) -- Simms transferred to Sherwood after his freshman year -- D.J. Turner and LoLo Harrison, a pair of UMD commits, have stayed on him as well. Not to mention area recruiter Chad Wilt and receivers’ coach Keenan McCardell are in contact as well.

“Coach Wilt, we still talk and he came up to my school and all that. I really like Coach Wilt a lot,” Simms said. “Coach McCardell still hits me up from time to time too. He’s just making sure I’m still keeping [the Terps] in mind and seeing how I’m doing.”

Simms was actually considering visiting College Park, Md., for the first time this offseason May 23. He won’t be able to make that weekend trip, but he’s seriously considering trekking over this summer.

“As of right now I have nothing planned, but I think I’ll get over to Maryland just to talk to the coaches again and see what’s up,” Simms said. “I have to play it by ear and see what happens. It’s going to be interesting.

“I mean, I get there’s all these local commits going [to UMD], but I still feel like West Virginia is a better fit because of their offense and just the love they’ve shown me. But, like I said, we’ll see what’s up at Maryland.”

One reservation Simms has about the Terps is he’s not positive just how much they covet him. He said since he committed to WVU he didn’t get the same positive vibe from the coaches as he had previously.

“I really want to find out how [the Terps’ coaches] view me, how they rank me, if they really want me,” Simms said. “How do they see me compared to some other guys they’re after? And, to be honest, I’m not 100 percent sure what they think right now. I think they look at me as a kid they offered, so they’re going to keep recruiting me, but I get the feeling maybe they’d take another receiver over me now instead. I can’t say for sure though; it’s just a feeling I get.”

Besides UMD, Simms may also take another look at Rutgers and Georgia in the coming months. He said the Bulldogs haven’t offered yet, but Simms suggested a scholarship could materialize if he makes it to campus.

The Scarlet Knights, meanwhile, were right up there with UMD and WVU when Simms originally committed, and evidently the Sherwood product hasn’t forgotten about them.

“Rutgers always shows me a lot of love,” Simms said. “It’s always a possibility I visit there, but I’m not sure yet.”

Simms went on to reiterate that he’s a “WVU lock until another school really shows me something I hadn’t seen before.” He said he’ll be returning to Morgantown, W.Va., this summer and plans to enroll early in January.

“I’m 100 percent committed to West Virginia right now,” Simms said. “I just want to check out a couple other things just to see what’s up at some other places, but I do feel like WVU is the best fit.”

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