QB Prospect Has Eyes For Terps

2010 quarterback prospect has Maryland very high on his list.

Following their worst season in program history, the Maryland Terrapins will have a lot of rebuilding to do. One of the most important things they must do is replace graduated quarterback Chris Turner, a two-year starter.

2010 recruit Jawan Simmons, a two-star quarterback from Nottingham High School in Syracuse, New York could be one of the guys who competes for the job. The favorites are either Jamarr Robinson or Danny O'Brien, but everyone has a shot, according to coaches.

“Right now they got a freshman and a sophomore competing, so they said whoever comes in will have a shot at the starting job,” said Simmons, “I've never had a problem with trying to outwork anybody before.”

The most important thing for Simmons is finding a school that offers him all he is looking for in a college.

“I want to go to a school where I can fit into their system and their offense, and I want to go to a school where I have a chance to play early, because I want to play a lot of football in college. I also want a school that has my major, business and media.”

Simmons definitely helped himself out in his senior year, as he threw for 1,700 yards and rushed for 800. He also threw 25 touchdowns and ran for six more.

“My top choices I have to say are Clemson, Maryland, Rutgers, and Temple.”

The Terrapins do have a very good shot at landing Simmons though. He says he likes the program a lot, and he likes the way Maryland has been recruiting him.

“My interest level is real high. I just got my SAT score and they called me the next day, which was real cool. They told me they have a few scholarships left and said they would put me on the board and evaluate me soon and give me a call back.”

Another thing Maryland has going for them is Simmons' relationship with one of the Terps' best players, wide receiver Torrey Smith.

“I was talking to Torrey Smith a lot. He calls me all the time. He's real cool; I like him a lot.”

But Simmons knows that wherever he goes he will have to work hard to get playing time, as all freshmen do. Luckily for him that is one of his greatest strengths.

“My greatest strengths are my work ethic on the field and I think my leadership abilities.”

So, while Maryland does have Robinson and O'Brien on roster right now, Simmons seems like he's be a good guy to add to the starting quarterback mix.


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