Class of 2004: Brian Simmons

Southeast (NC) Raleigh High School's Brian Simmons has the potential to be a top 10 in-state talent. <p> The Defensive End prospect is blessed with terrific size, strength, and athleticism.

"I would say my strengths are my athleticism, quickness, and how well I get up the field," Simmons told StateFans. "Last year I had 56 tackles, 2 sacks, and 9 tackles for loss. I also played Offensive Line and finished the year with 35 pancake blocks."

Simmons is physically ready to play at the next level, standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 270 pounds. He also boasts an impressive 30 inch vertical and 4.9 speed in the 40. Those "combine" numbers are reasons colleges around the region are looking at Brian.

"Right now I like NC State, Wake Forest, and Clemson, but I'm also open to Florida State, Miami, and Texas," he told us. "NC State and Wake are showing the most interest in me right now, and both are recruiting me as a defensive end."

Although Brian has terrific numbers, according to Head Football Coach Chad O'Shea, his best days may be ahead of him.

"Brian is a kid who really needs to keep getting stronger and work on his intensity because he's yet to reach his full potential," Coach O'Shea said. "He has the size and athleticism to play at the next level, but he just needs to put it all together.

"Also, he may have to go to Junior College or Prep School before playing D-1 football because of academic concerns."

N.C. State has recruited Southeast Raleigh well the past two years, landing current Wolfpackers Leroy Harris and Yomi Ojo in successive seasons. Are they the current leader for Simmons?

"State's the leader right now," Brian said. "My father worked at State so I grew up watching them when I was little."

"They are on the rise right now, and I can see good things in the future for them. I woul like to see them win a national championship one day."

Author's Note: Physically Brian passes the look test, as he's every bit of the 6'6 270 reported. Grades are a concern as is intensity, but if he ever puts it together, watch out because his size and athleticism are up there with any Defensive End prospect in the country.

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