CoachSpeak: Scouting Lamont Simmons

Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines head coach Deran Wiley gives the inside scoop on the commitment of three-star cornerback Lamont Simmons. Wiley discusses what makes Simmons a "can't miss guy" in projecting college defensive backs.

The first thing any successful cornerback needs is confidence, and that is exactly what Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines three-star Lamont Simmons will bring to Rutgers. Simmons, who committed to Rutgers Tuesday morning, brings the "swagger" that elite cornerbacks bring, said his head coach Deran Wiley.

"He's able to press all night long against your best receiver and make it a dog fight every play," Wiley said. "He's a lockdown guy. He's very strong and aggressive. He has good ball skills as well. He brings a level of confidence to be on the island. As a coach, I love what he brings to the table. He finds the ball and he tackles."

Simmons plays at a high level for his program, but is raw in terms of where his ceiling could be as a 6-foot-2 cornerback with long arms. He is not the fastest or most agile, but is extremely competitive and tough at the line of scrimmage.

"He's what you call a ‘can't miss guy,'" Wiley said. "That's in terms of his height and his body. He's long and lanky. He covers a lot of ground at the point of attack. He's a great, great model citizen off the field. He's one of those guys that brings a high football IQ. He fits the model."

Simmons is not an overly demonstrative football player and has had no disciplinary issues, fitting Wiley's mold of a model citizen and making Rutgers a good fit, he said.

"He's not a big rah-rah guy, but he brings us hard work and leadership," he said. "Off the field he's the first one in the weight room. He's one of those guys that you're just very fortunate to coach.

"With Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas on his plate, for Rutgers to go out and get him is huge. Those schools were coming on strong. They were hunting him. Rutgers catching a fish like him is pretty big."

Rutgers offensive coordinator Ron Prince built a strong relationship with the Raines program and Simmons. He played a key role in the commitment, as did head coach Kyle Flood in the final days leading up to his decision.

"They've been on him since the very beginning," Wiley said. "Coach Prince is a magnificent guy and coach. Him and Lamont have just really bonded together. The atmosphere at Rutgers is big-time football. It really opened up his eyes. I feel like those are the reasons Rutgers is a good fit for him."

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