Simms Planning Visit To NC State

Bethesda (MD) defensive end Keith Simms has an NC State offer and plans to visit over the next few months.


NC State has turned up the intensity in their pursuit of Landon (MD) defensive end Keith Simms and not a second too soon. Simms is in the process of planning some visits and the Wolfpack’s recent offer means he will probably be in Raleigh among other places.

Simms (6-3, 225 pounds) has been to Maryland more than a few times and the local B1G school is one of the main schools to watch when it comes to the Bethesda product. Simms wants to make a trip south to visit NC State, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest. He wants to go north to see Boston College. Simms thinks all of those trips are possible because it’s still early and those schools are all on the east coast.

Temple and Virginia offered Simms recently and so did NC State so recruiting is still picking up.

“I had been talking to Coach Barlow for a while. I want to say it’s probably been since the spring of my sophomore year after he saw my sophomore highlights. Then I guess it really started to pick up this year midway through the season. Then there’s Coach Edmonds too. He went over to NC State from Old Dominion. I had been in contact with him when he was at Old Dominion so I’ve talked to their coaches a good amount. I’m definitely excited they sealed the deal with an offer.”

Ulrick Edmonds was Old Dominion’s linebackers coach. He is now Quality Control Director for Football at NC State. In that position he does not have the same recruiting duties or freedoms as an assistant coach but he can still have a role in recruiting.

“Coach Barlow always talks to me and he’s a great guy. He’s been to my school and always shows me a lot of love and a lot of interest. I feel like we’ve got a really good relationship and I’m excited to meet their other coaches.”

Simms wants to try to visit NC State in the next two months but if he cannot visit for the Junior Day the coaches are pushing for him to attend then he said the visit would be in late spring or early summer.

He does know it’s a visit he will take.

“I know they’re definitely a school that wants to compete with the big teams and they think it starts with recruiting guys to come to the school they think can play early and help contribute. They didn’t mention anything about their season but I did see some of their games and the atmosphere looked great. The team looked great.”

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