Utah's track record with junior college players speaks for itself as many have gone on to have successful careers at Utah, and some able to parlay that into an NFL payday. Junior college safety Markell Simmons might be the next one to do that. Simmons visited Utah officially over the weekend and couldn't have had a better visit.
"The visit was really good. It was fun and I really enjoyed it. It really doesn't make my decision easier because of how great things were."
Simmons was making his first trip to Utah and was blown away by the facilities and the coaches.
"The facilities were amazing. They have everything. I spent a lot of time talking to Soach Scalley, and all of the coaches really. My time with them really stood out to me."
Simmons had a chance to take in the gameday atmosphere as the Utes hosted UCLA, while getting a chance to see how he'd fit in with the Utah defense.
"Gameday was great and they probbaly should have won. THe fans were showing a lot of love, yelling for me to come to Utah. That was awesome. The defense is really good and they play a lot of man. I think I can fit in well with Marcus Williams and we can do a lot of shuffling if we need to."
The 6' 190 pounder was hosted by a former high school teammate and it was good catching up.
"Nick Carman and I knew each other because we were teammates in high school and he was my host. He just told me about all of the great things at Utah and why I should come there."
With official visits to Utah, Oregon State, and Nebraska in the books, Simmons has one more and then will likely make his decision.
"I'm going to TCU this weekend for a visit and then will make my decision by December 16th."
Simmons is an early enrollee, so the December decision is necessary for the 3 star prospect, and as of now, two schools are standing out.
"Nebraska was really standing out after the visit, but after coming to Utah, I have to say that they're even."