Simmons Hears from Disch

North Carolina verbal commitment Malik Simmons was recently contacted by Dan Disch, who is currently Southern Miss' defensive coordinator and is one of the ten coaches permitted to recruit on UNC's behalf.

"It was about a five minute conversation," Simmons said. "He just told me he was the new defensive coordinator from Southern Miss. He came along with Fedora. He said he still wanted me to play for [UNC] and he would be at my school soon."

Simmons, a 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back from Lehigh Acres (Fla.), has made it clear since verbally committing that if Everett Withers wasn't named the permanent head coach at UNC he would open up his recruitment. Not only was Larry Fedora named the Tar Heels head coach, but Withers has accepted a position at Ohio State.

"I'm still committed to North Carolina," Simmons said. "But I'm still going to look at other schools."

Simmons, who has only officially visited UNC, has discussed potential official visit dates in January with Georgia Tech.

"After I meet all [UNC's new] coaches, I might decide to not take any [other] official visits," Simmons said. "I don't really know [UNC's new coaches]. So I can't really just be okay with everything after just one talk."

Furthermore complicating matters, Simmons doesn't believe he'll be able to make an unofficial visit to UNC in January because of distance.

Disch, who has been Fedora's defensive coordinator for the past year, hasn't officially been hired by UNC.

"He sounded alright," Simmons said. "It's tough to judge someone off one talk."

Simmons last heard from a member of UNC's previous staff two weeks ago when Troy Douglas visited his school.

"I asked him what was going on," Simmons said. "He told me he didn't know if he was going to have a job at North Carolina, but he was going to recruit me wherever he coaches at."

For Lehigh, Simmons has played quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback, and safety. UNC was actually in the minority by recruiting him as a cornerback – most other schools projected him as a safety.

"[Disch] just said that nothing has changed," Simmons said. "They're looking at me as a cornerback, but definitely a DB."

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