Target 2005: Deveon Simmons

The Tar Heels are going to be in a dogfight this recruiting season to win over Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown High School's tackling machine Deveon Simmons. Good news is Simmons likes North Carolina and wants to learn more about the program and the staff.

"He is very interested in the Tar Heels," Landstown's head coach Chris Beatty said.

Bad news for Carolina is he is pretty open to all the schools that have offered thus far, which includes: Nebraska, NC State, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia in addition to the Tar Heels.

College recruiters are still tossing around ideas of where to play the playmaker. His size (6-1, 208 pounds) along with his speed (4.55 forty-yard dash time) plus his football instincts (91 tackles his junior year) make him very attractive at a lot of positions.

"Some people like him as a safety, others like him as a weakside linebacker," stated Beatty.

Regardless of position, the coaching staff that receives the LOI from Simmons on signing day 2005 will add a defensive playmaker to their roster.

"Deveon is explosive," Beatty said. "He is a ball hawk; he is always around the ball. He is a game changer on defense."

While starring on both sides of the ball for Landstown, Simmons recorded 91 tackles, 68 assists, 41 tackles for a loss, and 6 sacks last year.


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