Simmons Sticking with UNC

After several conversations with North Carolina assistant coach Dan Disch, Malik Simmons has solidified his verbal commitment to UNC.

"[Disch] has convinced me to stick it out," Simmons said. "I like what he's talking about. I have a feeling that North Carolina is going to be good next year with the new coaches."

Simmons, a 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback from Lehigh Acres (Fla.) Lehigh, had a strong relationship with UNC's previous coaching staff, which contributed to his verbal commitment on Halloween. Thus, it was only natural for him to reconsider his pledge when a completely new staff was brought in.

In a short period of time, Disch has filled the void created by the previous staff's dismissal.

"To me, I just think [Disch] is just being himself," Simmons said. "He's just telling me like it is. He's just keeping it real with me. He's not trying to replace anybody. And I like that about him."

Although he hasn't completely ruled it out, Simmons is no longer looking to officially visit other schools.

"There's still some schools calling me and coming to my school," Simmons said. "I don't think I'm going to visit anywhere else, but I'm not 100-percent sure."

Disch first reached out to Simmons a few days before Christmas. Since then, the two have talked over the phone weekly and Disch visited Lehigh High School last week.

"The first couple of conversations, we were just trying to introduce ourselves to each other [and] he gave me a little background," Simmons said. "After that, he was just telling me that he really liked the school and what the coaches have in store for us and how the defense is going to be run."

Simmons also had a phone conversation with Larry Fedora over the weekend.

"He just introduced himself and let me know who he was," Simmons said. "And then he told me that he's going to come down here to have an in-house visit. We haven't set up a date for that yet."

Simmons officially visited UNC back in mid-October. Thus, due to its proximity to his home, he will likely sign with UNC without the benefit of visiting the campus under the new regime.

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