"The schools that have offered me are Western Carolina, Navy, East Carolina, and Duke," said Simmons. "I've camped at East Carolina, Furman, Duke, NC State, Virginia, and [North] Carolina. I'm going to Virginia Tech on July 12th for their one-day camp, and Wake Forest on July 13th.
"From talking with the colleges it seems that when I get into camp a lot are really impressed with me, but some have already offered out a lot of their scholarships. They are waiting to hear back from the people they have already offered... that's the case with Carolina and Virginia."
Last season, Simmons played offensive tackle and defensive tackle for Sanderson but expects to move inside to guard while playing defensive end and defensive tackle in 2008. With a high-motor and above-average technique, Simmons could play on both sides of the ball. Does he have a preference?
"I don't have a preference," he said. "I just want to get on the field and play. Three of my offers have been for the offensive line and the one from East carolina was for the defensive line.
"It sounds like most think I'll end up being an offensive lineman once I am done playing three sports in high school and can bulk up my weight."
Simmons attended NC State's camp last Wednesday. Working with the offensive and defensive linemen, he performed well during one-on-ones. Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 259 pounds, Simmons posted a 5.1 in the 40-yard dash. Now he's just looking to receive feedback from the Wolfpack coaches.
"I'm not sure where NC State stands right now," he said. "I went to camp last week, and they told me to call this week to find out the latest. I called them [on Tuesday], but my recruiting coach wasn't in. I'm going to try back [today].
"I did speak with the coaches some before I left, and they told me I did a really good job. I had a really impressive showing during one-on-ones. I'll be getting more feedback this week."
Simmons has some connections with NC State, as his father was an assistant coach with the Wolfpack under Dick Sheridan and Mike O'Cain.
"It's an engineering school so I like that," said Simmons. "They have a really good coaching staff over there. I like the location, and State offers my major... engineering."
Currently four programs stick out with one appearing to hold an advantage.
"I like Duke, Carolina, ECU, and State," said Simmons. "Those are probably the top four schools. Right now I think Duke is my favorite. I love their coaching staff. The new coaching staff they have in place is great, and I like the offensive line coach a lot. I think with that staff they are going to be winning a lot of games by my senior year.
"Duke is a great academics school, and I like the location a lot too. Those three factors are pretty big for me."
Simmons stated a decision could come before the start of his senior season, but no firm timetable has been established.
"At the end of the summer I'm going to sit down and cut my list to a few schools or make a decision," he said. "I'm not real sure yet. I'll see how I like Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, but I'll probably narrow my list down a little bit more before deciding."