Athlete Jimmaul Simmons has committed to NC State. Simmons played last season at Wilmington (NC) New Hanover, but he will be joining Hargrave alums such as Andre Brown, Darrell Blackman, Cedric Hickman, and Anthony Hill next season at NC State.
"He's so athletic," Hargrave head coach Robert Prunty said of Simmons. "What NC State got is an athlete. He's got like a 40-inch vertical, and he runs so well. I think he's going to be a great player."
Simmons played last season at Wilmington (NC) New Hanover, where he was an all-conference wide receiver and started in the East-West All-Star Game. However, the 6-foot-3, 207-pound prospect will play defense on the next level.
"He's 207 pounds, he doesn't look like it but he is," said Prunty. "He started for us at safety, and he's going to be a great one. Trust me. Before he ends up I think he'll be a great outside linebacker down at State. He won't be any different than some of the others we've been fortunate enough to have play in Raleigh.
"Jimmaul comes from great pedigree too. His uncle is Clyde Simmons, who played linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, and his dad played at Wake Forest. So he has that toughness in him. I'm telling you, he's a player."
Prunty mentioned that Simmons was a coveted prospect who chose to remain loyal to NC State.
"He definitely had offers and visits coming up, but he's canceled them," said Prunty. "I don't want to get into all the schools after him since they didn't get him, but a lot of schools were after him.
"He committed to coach Cignetti today, and he's also going to talk to coach Greg Williams tonight. Coach Williams deserves a lot of credit. Greg didn't place him here, but he told me about him. That's why he showed loyalty to him and NC State. I think it's going to work out great for both Jimmaul and NC State."
Simmons is already fully qualified and eligible to enroll at NC State in January.
"He's good to go," said Prunty. "He'll be there in January."
Pack Pride will have more on this verbal commitment in the near future so stay tuned!