Family Support

(6-4, 245, 5.0) Oakland, Calif. names his top five as California, USC, Oregon, Arizona and Utah -- in that order. Of that group only USC has not offered.

"I have set up officials with Arizona on Oct. 22, Utah on Nov. 11 and Cal on Dec. 10," said Simmons, of Bishop O'Dowd High. "Oregon is trying to nail down a date with me, and we will work that out soon and fit it in whenever we can."

"Schools have been looking at me for both tight end and defensive end, and basically they just ask if I have a preference or not. I just tell them I want to play, so it makes no difference to me.

"I want a chance to play right away as a true freshman and I am looking for a school where I am needed in my position. Plus I want to go to a school where I can fit in.

"Cal, right now, is my number one because they aren't far from home; they are in the bay area. I would get a lot of family support at games and there's good football weather. Also, their program is getting better and they have good academics -- which is important to my family. Those are all qualities that I like in the school," he said.

"USC is my number two even though I don't have an offer from them. They are number one in the nation with a lot of good athletes. They are a good school, they are in southern California, they have good football weather. What's not to like?

"I haven't heard from them in awhile though. They were calling me, but now it's mainly just sending me mail. So, I don't know where I really stand with them," he said.

"Oregon has always been a favorite of mine, ever since I was young. I am familiar with them and I have a cousin that goes there, Dennis Dixon (quarterback). They are sponsored by Nike -- that's a nice feature. They have a nice facility, too."

Simmons reports four catches for 86 yards, four sacks and two deflected passes. Bishop O'Dowd (2-3) plays San Lorenzo in a home game on Oct. 15.

2.9 GPA/1490 SAT

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