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UNC 'Towards the Top' for Pa. WR Darryle Simmons

Darryle Simmons is looking to make a fourth visit to Chapel Hill.

CLIFTON, Va. --- There's no definitive order to Darryle Simmons's favorite schools list. If that wasn't the case, North Carolina would be sitting fairly high on the listing.

"I think [UNC] is towards the top," Simmons said. "It's the coaches. I like Coach [Gunter] Brewer [and] Coach [Chad] Scott. I have a real good relationship with them."

Shortly after visiting UNC in late February, Simmons, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver from Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph's Prep, included the Heels -- along with Maryland, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia -- within his top six. All six have offered.

"It's more open than what it was then," Simmons said of his favorites list. "I'm still accepting all offers, but I'm mostly focusing on those six and the schools that have offered me since."

A recent offer from Wisconsin has forced Simmons to augment the list to include the Badgers. 

Simmons says his communication with Brewer, UNC's wide receivers coach, and Scott, his primary recruiter, has remain consistent. 

"[Brewer] tells me that I can get significant playing time early," Simmons said. "And he tells me I'd fit into the offense with my skill set."

For St. Joseph's Prep, which went undefeated and won the PIAA Class AAAAAA championship, Simmons caught 34 passes for 526 yards and three touchdowns.

Simmons has made three visits to UNC -- a lot considering he resides in Philly. No matter, he's working on returning this summer. He doesn't have anything scheduled, but attending Fedora's Freak Show is a strong possibility.

Actually, Simmons plans to revisit all of his favorites this summer to aid in producing a college decision. He's targeting a late summer/early fall verbal commitment. However, he says it's possible he spurns that time frame and pledges to one of his favorites while on their campus this summer.

"I'm just waiting for some place to click," Simmons said. "And then I'll pull the trigger."

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