Noxubee County star Jeffery Simmons focused on championship run.

Noxubee County hit a rough spot early in the 2015 season. With a 2-4 mark and their star Jeffery Simmons injured, the Tigers were at a crossroads. The team dug deep and won a 22-12 contest against Kosciusko. With Simmons now back to full strength, The Tigers have won eight in a row. NHS travels to Greenwood this Friday for the North State championship game.

"We had an emotional game this past week," Simmons said of his team's 56-26 win over Houston. "We had 19 penalties. We had a player kicked out of the game and we made a lot of mistakes. We had sort of a tough officiating crew, but we overcame all of that and got the win."

The Tigers go on the road this week to play 12-1 Greenwood High who won in dramatic fashion this past Friday night. Simmons expects another tough contest as the Tigers look to defend their state title.

"I know it's going to be a good game," Simmons said. "They have a good team and we have a good team. I feel like we'll be ready to play. I am looking forward to playing them."

Rated the #1 player in his home state of Mississippi, Simmons is certainly a wanted man. His offer list is virtual who's who in college football, but the talented defensive end plans to spend his college career in the SEC.

"I have taken an official visit to Tennessee, but that's it so far," Simmons said. "I think I am going to take all of my other officials in January, but I am not sure about that. I am planning to visit Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and probably Auburn."

Despite some rumors that pop up from time to time, Simmons reports that he is trying to keep his finalists on a level playing field until he finishes his senior season.

"I am still committed to Noxubee right now," Simmons said. "I don't have a top school right now. I am just focused on the season and trying to get another championship."

As a U.S. Army All-American and Mississippi Star All-Star selection, Simmons is assured of two more high school games once the season ends for Noxubee County. For now, recruiting appears to be more on the back burner.

"I am still taking my time with everything," Simmons said. "I am still hanging in there and just enjoying the process. I am going to take my visits and then sit down with my family and make a decision. I a still trying to figure everything out."

Simmons is rated a four star prospect and a member of the scout National 300 list. Simmons still favors a late decision sometime before signing day, but a formal date for his announcement has not been established.

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