Simmons, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive tackle from McKeesport (Pa.), has taken official visits to Iowa, Oregon, and Rutgers, and has an official trip scheduled with Florida for the weekend of Dec. 10.
Simmons says he'd be willing to schedule an official visit to UNC, which was postponed due to a family illness, in January "if I didn't commit by then."
Regardless, Simmons doesn't have a favorite school and is unsure when he'll actually make a verbal commitment.
"I'm still deciding," Simmons said. "It might be soon, it might not be. But I'm not really sure yet. I've got to look at Florida and then start thinking [and] evaluating my choices."
Furthermore, if he takes his final allotted official visit, Simmons is "undecided" if UNC will receive the trip.
"It depends on if they have a date that I can go or not," Simmons said.
Other schools, including Illinois and Michigan, have also been pushing for the final trip.
"It's my last [official visit], so everybody wants it," Simmons said. "So everybody keeps calling and asking."
At one point, UNC appeared to – at the very least – be a lock to receive an official visit from Simmons. However, he said that changed when John Blake, UNC's defensive line coach, resigned.
"I had a real good relationship with Coach Blake," Simmons said.
John Shoop picked up Simmons' recruitment. The two now speak almost weekly.
"[Our conversations] are more about setting up the visit," Simmons said.