Antjuan Simmons didn’t have much to say last week when Notre Dame offered.
That didn’t mean the junior athlete from Ann Arbor, Mich., wasn’t pleased. He just hadn’t been expecting the Irish to join a list that already included Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Miami, Miami of Ohio and Western Michigan.
“I was surprised,” Simmons said. “I didn’t really know. I was speechless, couldn’t really say anything. I couldn’t believe it happened.”
Simmons did know he wanted to make a visit, so he traveled Saturday to watch Notre Dame blow out Massachusetts, 62-27.
“It was a good,” Simmons said. “I had a blast. I enjoyed it. I got to talk to every single one of the coaches and got to see what it was like on game day. It was just nice to talk to the coaches in person. They were talking about the next time I’ll get back down there.”
Defensive line coach Keith Gilmore serves as area recruiter for Simmons, who the Irish are recruiting as an athlete. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect could project at linebacker or even as a big running back.
Gilmore and the other coaches also let the game day environment do some of the talking.
“It was insane,” Simmons said. “The stadium and the crowd were jumping even though they were only playing against UMass.”
Simmons is considering a return trip to Notre Dame but has no other visits set on the schedule at this point. He has been hearing consistently from some other programs since coaches could start making direct contact earlier this month.
“There’s a few schools I’ve been talking to quite a bit,” Simmons said. “But nothing real serious. Like Ohio State, Miami, Indiana. That’s pretty much it.”