Spartans now high on QB Simms list

"Michigan State is definitely an option and so is Arizona State," Simms said. "I have all of my [official] visits to take and I'm probably going to take them. I'll just have to see how the next month or so plays out, but I'd like to have a school by signing day.

EAST LANSING - Things have changed quickly in the recruitment of quarterback Matt Simms of Don Bosco Prep (NJ).

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At last's week's Army All-American Bowl, Simms squashed rumors that he was about to decommit from Louisville with Scout.com's Bob Lichtenfels, telling him he was really solid with coach Bobby Petrino and the UL program.

But that all disappeared when, literally overnight, Petrino signed on to be the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, replacing Jim Mora, Jr. Two days later, Simms told the Bergen County Record "I'm not going to Louisville. As far as my recruiting goes, I'm pretty much back to square one."

So who is on the All-American quarterback's radar screen?

"Michigan State is definitely an option and so is Arizona State," Simms said. "I have all of my [official] visits to take and I'm probably going to take them. I'll just have to see how the next month or so plays out, but I'd like to have a school by signing day.

"In a way, I can take all the time in the world to see what's out there, and I'm not going to rush. I'm going to wait and see."

Michigan State moved up the ladder because Simms was heavily recruited by new head coach Mark Dantonio when he was at Cincinnati. Dantonio is someone the Simms family respects.

The next step for the staff is to set up an official visit and see if they can convince the son of legendary New York Giants quarterback and CBS Sports analyst Phil Simms and brother of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms to commit to the program.

The addition of Simms would more than make up for the defection of Keith Nichol, who de-committed when John L. Smith was fired from Michigan State and instead, committed to Oklahoma. Simms earned Associated Press All-State honors as a junior and threw for 1,981 yards and eighteen TDs as a senior

Another Louisville commit, Mark Wetterer could also change his mind after the departure of Petrino. Wetterer de-committed from MSU after Smith's firing, but could there be yet another turnaround?

Stay tuned.


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