2016 AL WR Talks Recruiting

Clay-Chalkville (AL) High School 2016 wide receiver T.J. Simmons talks recruiting.

  • Name: T.J. Simmons
  • Classification: 2016
  • High School: Clay-Chalkville (AL) High School
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • HT: WT: 6-foot-2, 180
  • Scout.com Ranking: 3-Star
  • Schools Of Interest: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Mississippi State, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Western Kentucky

  • Simmons already has several scholarship offers on the books.

    "I have offers from Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Southern Miss, South Alabama and Western Kentucky," said Simmons.

    The offers started rolling in during his 10th grade year.

    "My first offer came about mid-way in my 10th grade season," said Simmons. "It was from Cincinnati. My quarterback was committed to Cincinnati so they must have seen my highlights on his film and they offered me."

    Later that same year, he received more offers.

    "I think I picked up the offers from Southern Miss and South Alabama at the end of my 10th grade season in the spring," said the 6-foot-2, 180-pound receiver.

    His latest offer came from an SEC school.

    "I picked up the offer from Mississippi State last week," said Simmons.

    He couldn't be more appreciative of all of the offers.

    "My coaches put it in my head that I was a good player and told me to keep working hard and the offers would come, and they did," said Simmons. "It was a great feeling (receiving that first offer) and it made me work even harder so I could get that feeling over and over again."

    He talked about the offer from Mississippi State, his first SEC offer.

    "(Former MSU defensive coordinator) Coach (Geoff) Collins came up to the school," said Simmons. "I didn't get to talk to him. He offered me by telling my coach that they were offering.

    "I know that the SEC is one of the best conferences in the country and it is great to have an offer from one of those schools."

    Although he has never been to Mississippi State, he knows a lot about them thanks to one of his current teammates.

    "One of my linemen, Kendell Jones is committed to Mississippi State and we talk about them all the time," said Simmons. "He says it is a great atmosphere, great school, great campus, great coaches."

    He pointed out some things that he likes about Mississippi State.

    "I like the type offense that they run, and I like how they work out," said Simmons, who plans on attending a Mississippi State camp this summer. "I feel like they work out hard on things like speed and strength."

    He also knows about another Alabama wide receiver that plays for State, De'Runnya Wilson, also known as Bear.

    "Bear is from Birmingham," said Simmons. "I have have been watching him play basketball since he was in high school. I watched them play in the state championship his last year."

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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