Four-star DL talks MS-AL All-Star selection, recruiting and more

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Four-star DL Jeffery Simmons sat down with Yancy Porter of the Ole Miss Spirit to talk his MS-AL All-Star selection, recruiting and more.

On winning a state championship:

“It feels great. Ending my senior year off right. It’s my third time winning out of four years of high school. It feels great.”

On what he wants to prove this week:

“That we can win it. It’s been a long time since Mississippi won, and we want to, especially me, go out and play up to what people expect. I’m highly-recruited, and I want to go and get them top guys and show them that I can really play.”

On if the week is a prove-it week:

“Yes, sir, it is. To me, I feel kind of underrated right now. I’m here not really just to prove a point, I’m here because I like to play the game of football. But this game right here, I feel like I can really play. I feel like, especially playing defensive end, I can really rush the passer and stop the run.”

On whether he’ll play defensive end or tackle in college:

“It really don’t matter. Most colleges I talk to say I’ll probably get moved inside and stay outside.”

On his in-home visit with Southern Miss:

“It went pretty good. Southern Miss coach (Lytrel) Pollard came in, and he just told me how it was going to be if I did choose Southern Miss. He said, especially with the big colleges on me, he said he just wanted that one percent to try and recruit me and give him that chance to recruit me. That’s what I’m going to do.”

On if his brother being a Golden Eagle will play a role:

“Not really, because if I did choose Southern Miss, it wouldn’t just be because of him. It would be because I really wanted to go to Southern Miss.”

On his in-home visit with Mississippi State: 

“Coach (Tony) Hughes and coach (David) Turner, they both came in and were just telling me the opportunity I do have and the plan coming into play. It’s my job to come in if I really want to keep that starting position. He did say I’m going to end up starting. But it’s my job to keep that starting position.”

On his in-home visit with Ole Miss: 

“Before I left, coach Barney (Farrar) came (Sunday) night. He was just visiting me before I left. It went pretty good. Me and coach Barney have a great relationship, and the energy just being around him. I love him. We have a great relationship. Since 10th grade he’s been recruiting me. We got that great relationship.”

On if he has any favorites: 

“Not really. I’m just keeping everything open right now.”

On if it’s important for a school to land some of his Miss. teammates:

“Yes, sir, because it’s all about who I’ll be lining up next to, who I’ll have to compete with. But that’s something I like to do, though, compete. That’d be great.”

On if staying in Mississippi for college is the end game:

“It’s what’s best for me and my family (even) if getting out of Mississippi is the best option.  Again, I do want to play for Mississippi, either school. It just depends what’s best for me and my family.”

On if Alabama has visited recently:

“Matter of fact, last Wednesday, coach (Bo) Davis came by.”

On snapping team Alabama’s seven-game win streak:

“We’ve talked about how we’ve got the talent to win this year. I feel like we should win this year, especially with the defensive front we have. We have an All-America defensive front. I think we should win.”

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