Target 2004: Javodd Simmons

WINSTON-SALEM – Three Carver High School teammates of 2003 UNC signee Isaiah Thomas are among those listed on the Tar Heels 2004 recruiting board. Triad recruiting specialist James Webster and this year's N.C. Shrine Bowl head coach Keith Wilkes know each other well.

Oh yeah, Wilkes is also the head coach at Carver.

Along with rising seniors Shawn Pressley (cornerback) and Deli Mohammed (free safety), defensive lineman Javodd Simmons is also being recruited by the Tar Heels.

Simmons played opposite of Thomas at the offensive guard position last season, but is going to go both ways this year.

"He's an aggressive kid," Wilkes said of Simmons. "He's going to be one of the top linemen in the state. He's a little smaller than Isaiah, but he is definitely going to be a prospect."

Exactly what position Simmons projects remains to be seen.

"I think he can be a great nose guard," Wilkes said. "He's right there in that mold, with a low center of gravity and a big rear end. He has all the qualities to be a good lineman.

"Right now he has 4.7-speed, so he could be a linebacker."

On Monday, Simmons told Inside Carolina that N.C. State was his top choice, with UNC and Wake Forest tied for second. He listed Virginia as his fourth consideration.

"Carolina is just a good place to be as far as atmosphere is concerned," Simmons said. "I have friends that go there and have heard nothing but good things about it."

Wilkes believes that Webster and Carolina will be turning up the heat on Simmons' recruitment very soon.

"His stock is going to start going up," Wilkes said.

"He's explosive," Carver defensive coordinator Rodney McKoy added.

Javodd Simmons
Ht: 6-2
Wt: 280
40-Time: 4.7
Bench: 390

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