Simmons, who plays at McKeesport (Pa.) High and is Scout.com's No. 3 ranked defensive tackle, has spoken highly of Schiano in the past, and continued to praise him in the aftermath of the visit.
"I could see him coaching me," Simmons said. "He's that type of coach."
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Simmons is looking at Oregon, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Texas Tech and USC. After his weekend visit to USC, the only school on the list Simmons will not have visited is Pittsburgh, but he lives close to the campus and visited it multiple times.
Last month Simmons dropped Rutgers from consideration, but it was re-ignited recently. Simmons is targeting a signing day decision, and there was a very good reason Schiano made the last-minute flight to Pittsburgh to meet with him and his family.
"He heard I had an interest in them, so he came in to see me," Simmons said. "I have a good interest in them. There's a possibility I could go anywhere. They're on the top of my list, so we'll see."
Simmons wants to play in a 4-3 defensive scheme, which is what Rutgers employs.
After visiting Rutgers in late September, he told ScarletReport.com "I had a real good connection (with Schiano) because he reminded me of my old coach. He was real easy to connect with."
One of the determining factors in Simmons' decision could be location. But to what degree?
"I can't really say right now," he said.
Simmons finished his senior season with 57 tackles and a sack despite being constantly double and triple-teammed.