Maurice Simmons: 2008 Prospect

Another junior football recruit Notre Dame fans will need to keep an eye on is Maurice Simmons of Dominguez High School (Compton, Calif.) Simmons has been hearing from the Irish, but it might be difficult to pull him from underneath the USC Trojans.

Maurice Simmons (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) has talent and instincts to be an elite Division I prospect, and his playmaking ability jumps out at you on film. Notre Dame needs players like Simmons, but the hometown USC Trojans may have the inside track.

"My brother Melvin played at USC ('03)," Simmons replied when asked about his interest in colleges. "He was a captain at USC, but that isn't going to have a big impact on my decision.

"I went to the USC-Notre Dame game this year. I met coach Carroll and shook his hand. He said that they'd be recruiting me, and he asked about my brother.

Despite the connection to the Trojan program, Maurice maintains that he is going to look into all of his college options.

"I've been hearing from USC, UCLA, Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan, Colorado, Oregon and Oregon State," Simmons said. "I have two offers, Nebraska and Ole Miss.

"I'm also hearing from Notre Dame. I called coach Brian Polian. He just told me that he had seen my highlight tape and that all the coaches were watching it and they were pretty shocked and that they were looking at me.

"I like Notre Dame. I like coach Weis. I just like the way he coaches. I like the program and I like the education.

"Most schools are recruiting me to play linebacker. I like linebacker because I like contact and I can go sideline to sideline on almost every play. I'd like to play that or safety. I like both of them.

"I'm going to look at the education, the football program, and then the location. My other brother Marvin went to Kansas State, so distance won't be that big of a deal.

The talent in the Simmons household doesn't stop with Maurice and his older brothers. Maurice and his younger brother helped Dominguez win its second consecutive CIF championship.

"My little brother Marquis plays outside linebacker for us. He's a sophomore and he started this year," Maurice explained. "We won the CIF Division II-A two years in a row. I got CIF MVP and CIF Defensive Player of the Year."

Maurice estimated that during his junior year, he had 150 tackles, 3 sacks, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. As a sophomore he had 109 tackles.


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