Since Blake stepped down, Simmons hasn't yet spoken to anyone at UNC. However, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive tackle from McKeesport (Pa.) has received a couple voicemails from one of the Tar Heel coaches.
"I was sleeping at the time and haven't had a chance to call them back," he said.
Last weekend, Simmons, along with Jackson, took his first official visit to Rutgers.
"It went real good," Simmons said. "It was nice. We got to go to a couple of places, got to go to the city, meet players, met coaches there, we met the dean, and we talked to the head coach and got to meet his family."
Ironically, Rutgers played UNC on Saturday and lost, 17-13.
"It wasn't weird or anything," Simmons said. "I said hi to the [UNC] coach when I saw him. He waved back at me."
Simmons, who believes he'll probably take all five of his allotted official trips before making a verbal commitment, says his head football coach will allow him to take one additional official visit during the football season. However, he doesn't have any upcoming trips scheduled.
"Not right now, I have no idea [where else I'll officially visit]," Simmons said. "I want to take as many visits as I can before deciding."
Simmons says he doesn't really have any favorite schools.
"Rutgers has started to stick out, because I've seen their school," Simmons said. "But that could change."
Besides UNC and Rutgers, Simmons says he hears from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, and West Virginia. All of the aforementioned schools have offered him a scholarship.
McKeesport is 3-1 thus far this season with three shutouts. Simmons is starting both ways and has recorded approximately 15 tackles and one sack.