East St. Louis (Ill.) OL Tre'Vour Simms Picks Mizzou Over Illinois

East St. Louis (Ill.) High School offensive lineman Tre'Vour Simms was torn between the University of Missouri and University of Illinois, but signed on with the Tigers.

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — East St. Louis (Ill.) offensive lineman Tre'Vour Simms went back and forth between his final two schools, rivals Missouri and Illinois, leading up to Signing Day but was able to make his big decision just hours before signing his letter of intent.

Simms signed with the University of Missouri on Wednesday morning, continuing a recent pipeline of Flyers standouts choosing to become Tigers. 

“Who doesn’t want to play in the SEC?” Simms said. “It’s the No. 1 conference in college football. I liked the program they are trying to build. I liked the coach. It was a hard decision. My decision came down to yesterday. (Illinois) is a great school. There’s no hard feelings. I just chose the University of Missouri.”

“It was just that hard,” Simms said. “I actually wanted more time, but I had to make a decision.”


The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder is hoping to compete for playing time right away when he arrives in Columbia. He has lofty goals, too. 

“I’m going in trying to play,” Simms said. “Offensive guard. Hopefully, God willing, (be a) freshman All-American.”

Mizzou will be looking for big guys to step up and contribute after losing several members of the front line to graduation. 

“That played a major part, too,” Simms said. “Missouri has a lot of seniors leaving and a new offensive line coach, so I have a chance to go in and play.”

The East St. Louis program has produced a couple of prospects recently who have signed with Mizzou, including current freshman standout defensive tackle Terry Beckner. In addition to Simms, the Tigers signed East St. Louis products Greg Taylor and Natereace Strong on Wednesday. 

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