Simms Trying to Finalize Top List

With dozens and dozens of scholarship offers, Bethesda (MD) Landon School defensive end Keith Simms says he’s mentally working on cutting down to a top ten list of schools to be released sometime before the end of summer

With dozens and dozens of scholarship offers, Bethesda (MD) Landon School defensive end Keith Simms says he’s mentally working on cutting down to a top ten list of schools to be released sometime before the end of summer.

Not a big camp guy, the 6-3, 235-pound Simms chose to focus his summer on working out and visiting some colleges, but recruiting has been in the back of his mind.

“I don’t have my list done but definitely Stanford, Oregon, Duke, Baylor, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Maryland are standing out,” Simms told Scout.com. “All those schools have offered me and have been recruiting me pretty aggressively.”

The easiest place for him of his group to visit is Maryland, which he says is less than 10 minutes from his house. That’s led head coach Randy Edsall and his staff to make him one of the program’s top defensive targets.

“They have been on me pretty strong,” said Simms. “A lot of the coaches emphasize staying at home, playing at Maryland, as if I were to live in this area it would hold a lot of weight.”

Wisconsin is another school Simms is high on because of secondary coach Daronte Jones, who has been recruiting the East Coast for several years. Jones offered Simms shortly after national signing day in February.

“Me and Coach Jones are real tight,” said Simms. “We probably talk every week. He’s a great guy. We always talk about football, life in general and about Wisconsin tradition. He’s really been trying to get him to get up on a visit, which is something I’m trying to work on.”

Rated a three-star prospect and the No.46 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, Simms said most schools are recruiting him at either end or linebacker depending on the scheme. Maryland and Wisconsin both are recruiting him at outside linebacker. He added that he will take unofficial visits North Carolina, Duke, Oregon, as well as take official visits to Oregon and possibly Maryland before deciding.

“It’s going to be hard for me to get every place I want to get to,” said Simms. “I want to take some time with it, but I don’t want to wait a long time either. The goal of the visits is to see myself at the university, see my relationship with the coaches and if I fit in academically with what I want to study in. All I know is I’m going to have to work hard wherever I go.”

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