Jeffrey Simmons is a State Champion

2016 defensive lineman Jeffrey Simmons led his Noxubee County High School team to the Mississippi high school class 4A state championship Saturday at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.

  • Name: Jeffrey Simmons
  • Classification: 2016
  • High School: Noxubee County High School (Macon, MS)
  • Position: DE/DT/TE
  • HT: WT: 6-foot-4, 245
  • Ranking: 3-Star
  • Schools of Interest: Alcorn State, Arkansas, Jackson State, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss

  • Simmons showed early in the championship game that he was ready to make plays when he blocked a punt that was recovered in the endzone to put Noxubee County ahead of St. Stanislaus 7-0.

    "The play pumped me up inside. I just like to make plays, and that is what I did tonight," said Simmons, who played defensive end, defensive tackle, tight end and fullback during the game. "When we needed them I made plays."

    The block punt was one of many plays that he made throughout the game. Playing fullback, he also scored on a pass reception and was the lead blocker on another touchdown.

    "I knew (the pass) was coming," said Simmons. "Coach told me that they were going to come to me the first play. So, I was prepared for the catch."

    As you would expect, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound play-making junior is already well known among college coaches.

    "I have an offer from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Memphis, Jackson State, Alcorn State and Arkansas," said Simmons.

    Of those schools, he has played in the stadium of one of them, Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium, twice. And he's had nothing but great experiences both times.

    "It was my second (time to play here)," said Simmons. "We started here and we wanted to finish here. We played our jamboree here, We told each other that we were going to finish here and win (the state championship)."

    Although still wide open recruiting-wise, he gave his thoughts about the two in-state SEC schools recruiting him, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

    "I like how both teams compete," said Simmons, who is mainly being recruited to play defensive end on the next level. "I went to the Egg Bowl and both of them competed to the end. When I go see them play I watch the defensive front and the defense. I like how both play."

    Mississippi State defensive line coach David Turner attended the championship game. Simmons talked about Turner.

    "I have been talking to him a lot," he said. "He tells me to keep in touch with him. He said he likes how I have been playing."

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