Rutgers was one of the first schools in on Simmons, making a Saturday verbal scholarship offer meaningful.
"It was just great," Simmons said. "I loved everything about it. It is one of my top choices now. I still have a lot of visits to take, but so far it's my favorite one. I still have a lot of time, but Rutgers was really, really great."
Simmons arrived at Rutgers early Saturday, and stayed through the 74-73 Rutgers basketball victory. He watched the game with the Rutgers coaching staff and other key junior prospects.
"They were the first school to start sending me letters and stuff," Simmons said. "I was surprised because [graduate assistant] Matt Simon was the first one sending me letters and stuff and then he left.
"I didn't know how everybody else was about me, but the whole coaching staff knew me. When I showed up there, they were really interested. I kind of felt it coming on. … When it actually happened, I was really shocked."
Simmons highlighted meetings with head coach Kyle Flood and offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen as top portions of his visit.
"They're great people," Simmons said. "They're really excited about me and I like that a lot. I'm really excited about them. I like the values that they stand for, and I like what they represent at Rutgers. They're great people. Their values are amazing."
Simmons briefly considered committing, he said, but will make sure he explores as many options as possible before a decision.
"Right now, I loved Rutgers and everything but I definitely have to keep my options open," Simmons said. "There are so many other schools out there. This was my first actual visit where I met all of the coaches and saw everything. There are at least 15-plus schools out there looking at me, so I know there's much more that I have to see."