If hard work and determination were the sole measuring stick for landing division one scholarship offers then OL Will Simmons from Hertford County (Ahoskie, NC) would likely have his choice of colleges. After attending several camps and combines last summer, the verdict was clear. Simmons had talent but needed to lose weight and improve his foot speed and technique. Over the last several months the rising senior has dedicated himself to doing just that.
This past weekend Simmons proved just how far he has come. At the Shrine Bowl combine held at Apex High School, he checked in at 6-5, 325 pounds, recorded a vertical jump of 27-inches and 25 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press. Now he’s anxious to go back out and show the college scouts what he’s capable of.
“Everyone wants me to come to camp again to see how I look because I’ve dropped so much weight,” said Simmons. “At one time I weighed about 366 pounds during football season but I’ve dropped about 40 pounds. I’ve just been working hard. I hit the weight room. I do a lot of cardio stuff. I jump rope and I stick to my diet. So I just hope the colleges see how hard of a worker I am.”
Simmons has landed an early offer from East Carolina and is entertaining steady interest from UNC, NC State, East Carolina, Penn State, Maryland and Virginia.
Most folks behind the scenes believe Simmons would ultimately prefer to play his college ball relatively close to home and he talked about the three major in-state programs showing interest.
“ECU- I love them to death. They were my first offer and I think it came back in February. Coach Shankweiler and coach Skip Holtz, I had a chance to talk to him personally. They have a good coaching staff.
“UNC- I love coach [Pittman]. That’s going to be my coach that I would be playing for. He’s real cool. My old friend that I’m real good friends with (Tydreke Powell) goes there.
“NC State- Coach Willis is my recruiter and I love him to death. He talks to me and he’s real with me. That’s what I like is people just be real with me. I went up to State’s junior day and coach Willis came over and talked to me and just asked how much weight I was losing. He came by the school this week and was surprised at how much weight I had lost and he was excited about that.”
Simmons says that he doesn’t have any favorites just yet and is still evaluating the schools that are showing interest. This summer he plans to attend camps at UNC, NC State and Virginia. Simmons is a tremendous student and projects as a full academic qualifier.
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