An athletically gifted and physical safety, 2014 Mansfield Timberview (Tex.) high school safety Brandon Simmons made quite a name for himself in his junior season. Totaling 100 tackles, eight interceptions, four forced fumbles, and 18 touchdowns on offense, Simmons has scholarship offers from all over the country.
"I guess I could say I'm very football savvy," Simmons told GoBlueWolverine. "I think that's what helps me a lot. I know the game very well and because of that I'm able to make a lot of plays that others might not be able to make. I'm physical and can come down and hit -- I'm not one of those guys that kind of shy's away from contact."
Recently receiving visits from Baylor, OSU, TCU, UCLA, Stanford, Missouri and Arkansas, Michigan is another school that has offered, and the head coach himself, Brady Hoke, was in Arlington Thursday.
"In Texas our ninth block is football class so we were about to start our football workout so me and Edward (Paris) were getting the troops together," said Simmons. "So we just came in real quick and said hi."
Though Simmons admits schools further away haven't been in as much contact with him as those that are closer, Michigan, and his interest in the Wolverines remains strong.
"It's Michigan and they have a great tradition at the school," said Simmons. "Just that right there and growing up watching the Wolverines play. It's crazy that the Big Ten conference (wants me). It's definitely a school at the top of my list so I'm certainly interested."
Looking to get out on some visits as soon as this weekend, Simmons says a trip to Michigan will be in the works this spring.
"The only one I know for sure is Baylor and I'm going there Saturday for their junior day," said Simmons. "I'm going to TCU on Sunday and then I'm going to Stanford's junior day for sure."
"I'm just trying to find out how and when I'm going to get down to Michigan because I think my dad and I might try driving it. I'm not sure yet."
With offers from near and far, Simmons plans to give every school a fair shake despite his parents desire to continue being at every one of his games.
"They've been to all of them," said Simmons. "But besides that, it won't be an issue for me because I can adapt anywhere I'm at, at a lot of different places."
Getting out on visits will be big for Simmons, and the 6'1, 180 pound athlete has a pretty specific criteria schools will need to meet if they'd like to get him in the fold.
"As far as coaches, I just want to see what kind of people they are," said Simmons. "Are they just putting on an act just to recruit me? Are they genuine people? And would I be able to be comfortable around them."
"As far as seeing a certain city, I want to feel at home there and not be homesick and be comfortable. And then just being able to contribute to the football team cause I want to come in and play."
Originally planning on making a spring decision, Simmons says because of the flurry of interest over the past few weeks, that timetable will most likely be pushed back into the summer—at the earliest.
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