Simmons excited about becoming a Tiger

Longtime Missouri commitment Jasper Simmons of Hutchinson Community College recently took his official visit to the Columbia campus last week. That visit was all it took for Simmons to wrap up his recruitment. Go inside to see what Simmons had to say about Missouri and why he isn't planning on any other visits.

Longtime Missouri commitment Jasper Simmons of Hutchinson Community College recently took his official visit to the Columbia campus last week.

That visit was all it took for Simmons to wrap up his recruitment.

"I'm finished with the recruiting process," Simmons told InsideMizzou.com Friday afternoon. "I don't need to take anymore visits; Missouri has everything I'm looking for in a college."

The pre-season All-American junior college free safety will have two years to play at Missouri. He will sign a national letter of intent with the Tigers on National Signing Day and is scheduled to graduate in May from Hutchinson.

"The Missouri football program is on the rise," Simmons said. "There is no better place for me to go; things are only going to get better as far as conference and national championships."

One thing that stood out to Simmons on his official visit was the closeness of the team with the Tiger coaching staff.

"Everyone is really close," Simmons explained. "You really feel a family feeling around the program. Coach (Gary) Pinkel cares about you as a person and not just a football player."

Simmons is listed at 6-foot-1, 210-pounds and is expected to give the Tigers some needed speed in the defensive secondary. He has recently been clocked in the 40 yard dash at 4.47.

"I will play safety or free safety at Missouri," Simmons said. "I ended up my sophomore season with over 60 tackles and earned First team all conference honors."

Pinkel made a lasting impression on Simmons during his visit.

"He is a really nice coach," Simmons said. "Everyone has a lot of respect for him."

Simmons was also very impressed with the campus and facilities at Missouri.

"The campus is second to none," Simmons said. "They have top of the line athletic facilities, what more could I ask for."

Simmons got a chance to visit with Coach Pinkel one on one.

"He expects me to come in and be a leader and difference maker on defense right away," Simmons said. "I'm very excited about being a Missouri Tiger."


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