CB Commit Simmons Recaps Official Visit

Jacksonville (Fla.) William Raines High cornerback Lamont Simmons officially visited Rutgers this weekend during Homecoming weekend. After committing to Rutgers without seeing the campus, Simmons broke down his thoughts on his first trip to Piscataway.

For Jacksonville (Fla.) William Raines cornerback Lamont Simmons, Rutgers lived up to expectations during his official visit to campus. Simmons committed to Rutgers Oct. 7 before setting foot in New Jersey.

After seeing the school for the first time, Simmons said he feels stronger about his commitment to head coach Kyle Flood.

"[My visit] made me feel good," Simmons said. "The players, all of that. It painted a good picture. Being able to hang out with all of the players was great."

Simmons was one of 52,200 packed into High Point Solution Stadium for Homecoming, and he had a front row seat. The result, a 48-14 loss to Houston, was not ideal but he said he saw a lot of positives during his gameday experience.

"The fans were really good for their Homecoming game," he said. "They play really hard out there. On Saturday they started two true freshman cornerbacks, so I see myself getting playing time."

Simmons watched Nadir Barnwell and Anthony Cioffi start against Houston, and spent time with host Bryant Gross-Armiento.

The vibe from young defensive backs, he said, was positive and he looks forward to joining the group. Simmons also spent time with Neptune Beach (Fla.) Duncan Fletcher fullback Jacob Kraut, who also took his official visit.

"The players gave a good view of the Scarlet Knights," Simmons said. "Pretty much they told me that I can get a real chance at starting or playing early. [Gross] is hurt and the two cornerbacks starting today are freshmen, but I think I can compete and have a chance to start."

Simmons had never been to New Jersey, and said it was an eye-opening, but cold, trip north.

"I loved everything about New Jersey and my visit," Simmons said. "It was a really great experience. It was cool to meet coach Flood and all of my coaches and teammates."


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