2017 Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer athlete Antjuan Simmons talks Michigan offer, recruiting surge.

2017 Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer athlete Antjuan Simmons talks Michigan offer, recruiting surge.

Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer athlete Antjuan Simmons and his recruiting process this past fall perfectly represents the phrase "blowing up."

The 2017 product put in a great effort on the field and was rewarded with an offer sheet that now lists just shy of 30 college programs.

"It was insane," Simmons said. "It was like a two or three week period where I was getting like an offer everyday. It was insane but at the same time it's real humbling cause there's a lot of guys out there talking trash, like I had something to play for. 

"I had to show people I was a good player, show people why I got those offers and how I got those offers."

Simmons says he doesn't have a top list of schools at this point but a few stick out amidst the very large and ever growing pile.

"Miami of Ohio, they're always going to have a strong place in my heart," Simmons said. "They were the first school to offer me a scholarship. Miami, Illinois and Notre Dame. Notre Dame was my first real big offer."

Another Midwest power quickly throwing it's name into the mix is Michigan. Going to high school just a hop, skip and a jump away from the big house, Simmons says it's a big scholarship to receive.

"It really felt good that I had the hometown school, the school right across the street that everybody in my school goes to," Simmons said. 

"One person I look up to, Drake Johnson, he goes there. Me and him talk quite frequently so it really meant a lot to me."

Standing 6-foot-1, 205-pounds and boasting a 4.60 40-yard-dash, Simmons could play running back or linebacker at the next level.

Currently Simmons isn't focused on that though.

"Right now I think of myself as a football player, not a specific position," Simmons said. "I just like to play football, hop on the field, hit hard, run fast."

Simmons isn't close to a decision and not yet ready to release a top list of schools, noting a decision could come sometime toward the end of his senior season next fall.

As far as what he'll be looking for out of the school of his choice, several factors will come into play and distance from home won't be one of them.

"Definitely if they have my major and how good are they at it," Simmons said. "I want to go into Kinesiology and hopefully one day be a strength and conditioning coach, recruit kids like myself out of high school to play college football."

"It's going to be about whatever school fits me the best," he added.

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