Noxubee County four state All-American defensive end Jeffery Simmons talks about his trip to Starkville.

The stars were out in Starkville last Saturday night as the Mississippi State Bulldogs hosted scores of prospects as unofficial visitors for the battle against LSU. One of the top prospects in attendance was Noxubee County standout defensive end Jeffery Simmons. Simmons reports that he came away from contest impressed with what Mississippi State had to offer.

"I really enjoyed myself over there," Simmons said. "I got to talk with Coach (David) Turner before the game. He was glad to see me and he told me that they really want me to come over there and be a part of their program. He said that he wanted me to enjoy the ball game."

The contest ended with the Bulldogs on the short end of a 21-19 decision, but the game day atmosphere appears to have really made an impression on the Scout National 300 member.

"The fans were really loud and really into the game," Simmons said. "There were a lot of cowbells and it got really loud. You could tell the players really liked it. I liked hearing those cowbells too. It's something different and I kind of like it."

During the game, Simmons spent his time watching the defensive lineman on the field to see if he could pick up some tips to use in his own game.

"I really liked watching Chris Jones. He made some big plays," Simmons said. "I watched Chris and A.J. Jefferson a lot. Ryan Brown was good too. I watched LSU a lot too and I liked how (Arden) Key played. He was making plays for them."

All in all, it appears the Bulldogs helped themselves in their first time hosting Simmons as a game day visitor for the 2015 season.

"I really had a good time and I am going to come back to some games," Simmons said. "I really got to see what it would be like if i decided to come there. The fans are really into the game and I really liked what I saw in the game. It was a great atmosphere."

Simmons will take the show on the road in the coming weeks as he takes in some other SEC games. 

"I am going over to Alabama this weekend for their game against Ole Miss," Simmons said. "Ole Miss has invited me to come to their game the next week against Vanderbilt. I am probably going to go to that one too. I am going to try to get to a lot of games this year."

Before the shut down defensive end heads over to Tuscaloosa, he will look to do his part to help his team stop a two game losing streak. The Tigers opened the season 2-0, but have lost two in a row with the most recent defeat coming at the hands of Meridian High 28-0.

"We have some things to figure out on offense," Simmons said. "We played a pretty good game on defense, but we let them have one real long drive. We didn't play our best last week, so we are just going to have to practice hard this week and get ready for the next game."

NHS will take on West Point this Friday night in another match-up with a talented area team. Simmons is sure to match-up some with fellow four star Scott Lashley during the game.

Simmons remains mum on an overall leader, but admits that he plans to play in the SEC. Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss have been consistent suitors. Simmons hopes to make official visits to all four of those schools and possibly one more before announcing his decision in late January.


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