Simmons Sounds Off

Jeffery Simmons of Noxubee County High School (MS) believes his team can do some big things this fall. The Tigers are once again in the state championship talk and will enter the 2015 season as the team to beat in 4A. This past weekend, Simmons and his team had one final tune up before the regular season begins. The Tigers on 12-0 over Holmes County Central.

Macon, Mississippi will have the eyes of the Magnolia State upon it this Friday when Starkville visits Noxubee County in the season opener for both programs. Simmons is eager to see the Yellowjackets again.

"I am really excited about the season and the first game of the season," Simmons said. "Starkville beat us last year. We just have the mindset that we won't lose this time. With the depth and athleticism we have, I am really hyped about that game and the rest of the season."

While the Tigers have worked hard to prepare for the 2015 campaign, Simmons reports that there are some things the team needs to improve upon before they take on Starkville.

"We need to clean up all of the little mistakes," Simmons said. "We can't drop balls on offense and miss tackles on defense. Last year against Starkville, we missed a lot of tackles and we had some receivers drop some balls.

"We have to clean all of that up to have a chance to win the game. I feel like we're going to do better on those little things this year."

Recruiting wise not much has changed. Simmons is still in no hurry to decide, which has brought some new schools into the discussions. It still appears that an SEC program will likely end up with Simmon's four star autograph come February.

"I am still hearing the most from Mississippi State, Alabama, Ole Miss and LSU, but Auburn has started coming in the picture more," Simmons explained. "The in state schools are recruiting me real hard, Alabama is coming at me hard and now Auburn is coming at me pretty hard too. I am starting to hear from the coaches at LSU just about every week. Tennessee has started to get in a little bit too."

While many recruits would be stressed over such a big decision, Simmons appears to be unfazed by the process no matter how active his suitors have become.

"It doesn't really bother me," Simmons said of the process. "I really just want to focus on my time right now. All of this other stuff is not really a big deal to me right now. When the time comes, I am going to sit down with my coach and my family.

"I just want to be successful. No matter which school I go to, I want to be able to focus on academics and then sports. Academics are important to me and I want go to school and get my physical therapist license. I feel like football is going to take care of itself.

"I am trying to just keep everybody even right now and not have any favorites. I just want to focus on my team during the season and I will make my decision after the season."

The senior year has already brought some new changes to Simmons. Prior to the first day of school, Simmons elected to cut his trademark dreadlocks. A decision that he admits was a difficult one, but he is pleased with the end result.

"I just wanted something different," Simmons said with a smile. "It's the start to my senior year and I just thought to myself that I wanted something new. Now a lot of people say that I look like my brother (Dylan Bradley).

"The night I cut them, I walked in and my mama said, 'Where did you come from?'. She thought I was my brother."

Simmons is expected to attend his brother's season opener on September 5th in Hattiesburg when Mississippi State comes to town. A week later when the Bulldogs host LSU in a crucial early battle in the SEC Western division, Dan Mullen and his staff will look to roll out the big Maroon carpet as Simmons and many other talented targets attend the Mississippi State home opener.

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