RECRUITING: OU lands four-star DT

Hargrave Military Academy defensive tackle Brian Simmons talks about his commitment to Oklahoma. Simmons chose the Sooners over Georgia, Auburn, Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Tennessee.

Brian Simmons, DT, 6-5, 305, HARGRAVE MILITARY ACADEMY, VIRGINIA:

JH: I guess you have called to give us good news?

BS: "Coach Shipp made another visit to see me last night and we just talked over some things. He told me some more things about OU and how I could fit into the program. He knew how much I liked Oklahoma, so he asked me why I hadn't already committed because he knew that I liked Oklahoma a lot. He wasn't putting any pressure on me at all. It was just one of many questions, but it got me thinking. I have been thinking about it for some time and I even told Coach (Bob) Stoops on my visit that I was probably going to do it soon. I still had my Auburn visit set, but I am not sure what they are doing and I don't want to go there anyway. I have known for a long time that in my heart that Oklahoma is the school for me, and that is where I want to play my college football. So, you are the first person that I called to let you know."

JH: What was it that Coach Shipp said that put you over the top?

BS: "It wasn't anything that he said specifically, and to be honest it has always been the place where I wanted to play. I just wanted to take a couple of visits and make sure that I was checking out all my options. It is an hour-and-a-half drive from Greensboro to where I am at, and that meant a lot to me that he would come that far for an hour-and-a-half conversation."

JH: Now that you have recruiting out of the way, what are you going to do to get ready to play at OU?

BS: "I am going to train as hard as I can to get in the best shape that I can. I realize how good the program is and it is an honor to be a part of it. I know that the competition is going to be tough and I am going to do everything I can to get ready."

JH: When will you move to Norman?

BS: "I am going to do my best to get to summer workouts. I want to get there as soon as possibl, because I want to get right into the program and get myself in the best possible shape."


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