Options widen for Simmons
Isaiah Simmons sees some versatility in his growing list of college options.
Four scholarship offers have rolled in to the four-star safety from Olathe, Kan., representing three different conferences. Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska have all come on board.
“It’s really nice because they’re in different conferences other than KU and Iowa State,” Simmons said. “You have the option to choose a different conference based on how I wanna play and succeed in my collegiate career. Each conference is obviously different in their playing styles.”
Others might come calling soon enough.
Arkansas, Notre Dame and Oregon are among the programs to check on Simmons over the last month. Irish assistant Bob Elliott made a stop at Olathe North High School during the pre-National Signing Day contact period and has stayed in contact since.
“I haven’t talked to him in the past week,” Simmons said. “I don’t know much about them. A few days ago he had messaged me and asked if I would be able to get up on a visit. Other than that I really don’t know much about it.”
Simmons would like to include the Irish as a potential visit down the road. Right now there are no junior day trips planned for the 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect as he prepares for track season.
“I’d like to take a look at Arkansas and Notre Dame just because they’re different schools,” Simmons said. “Kinda see how they are and how the coaching staff and facilities are and everything.”
Other programs expressing interest in Simmons include Auburn, Florida State, Ohio State and Oklahoma State. And some are starting to think about another position.
Scout.com ranks Simmons No. 173 overall and No. 9 at safety.
“I think I have good ball skills and breaking on passes, coverage-wise,” Simmons said. “Just things like that. They said they love my size. Nebraska actually offered me at linebacker not at safety.”
Whatever program might get a commitment from Simmons won’t know any time soon.
“As of right now it’s kind of a level playing field on where I would go,” he said. “If it happens to be close or if it happens to be far, I’m just gonna have to go with what my gut feels.”