"He was there watching me workout," Simmons recalled on his first impression of Jackson. "It was kind of funny, because I didn't know who he was at first. And he simply told me they had big interest in me. They got a guy who is going to come down in a couple weeks to verify me and I hope to get an offer. They are definitely are already in my top-five, and they haven't even offered me yet."
Simmons, who stars for Lakeland (Fla.) Christian, says he is familiar with Michigan's program, and mentioned a couple Wolverines past and present.
"I know Denard Robinson is from Deerfield (Fla.), which is not too far from my home," Simmons said. "And I look forward to getting an offer and chance of taking an official visit. They got a kid up there from my area, Mason Cole. Me and him stay in contact and he tells me about the university, too."
With the Maize & Blue now in his top-five, Simmons says he would "definitely" like to make an official visit to Ann Arbor, Mich.
"I definitely want to check the school out," Simmons said. "They are school that I got a good amount of interest in. Obviously, I got some other schools that I am looking at too. But I look forward to being recruited by Michigan."
Currently, Simmons says his top-five in no particular order is Florida, UCLA, Clemson, Ohio State and Michigan. He has been on campus visits to Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.) and UCF. He said he plans on taking visits to Ohio State, Kentucky and UCLA this summer.
And when Simmons goes on his campus visits, he says he is looking for certain characteristics in each program.
"Definitely academically," Simmons said. "If they got a great history of putting guys into the NFL. Besides that, a great coach that can tell me what I am doing wrong, that's going to be in my face, telling me all the good things, the Xs and Os. As far as going away from home, I am willing too. Mainly all things they have to offer."
As far as a decision timeline, Simmons says he would like to make all of his five official visits during game day Saturday's this fall, and then would announce his commitment sometime before January.