Commitment Impact: WR Freddie Simmons

Rutgers added its 22nd commitment in the 2015 class Tuesday night when three-star wide receiver Freddie Simmons ended his recruitment. The Bethlehem (Pa.) Catholic receiver is the third pledge in the class at his position and seventh commitment from Pennsylvania.

Committed Over: Freddie Simmons committed to Rutgers over UCF, Virginia, Wake Forest, Washington State and others.

Rated: Simmons is rated a three-star prospect and ranked the No. 151 receiver in the 2015 class.

On Film: The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Simmons is explosive, quick and runs well. He gets off the line of scrimmage quickly and has the foot speed to get past the cornerback.

Simmons plays with strong hands and uses his length well to position his body to catch the ball and shield the defender. He gets into his breaks quickly and does a nice job of accelerating of of them and creating separation.

However, Simmons needs to get stronger, particularly in the upper body, so he can beat jams and also deal better with bumps from defensive backs down the field. As is the case with many high school receivers, Simmons needs to work on his blocking a lot. He has the feet and knows how to set his base to block, but since it is not an area stressed by the coaching staff, he doesn’t do a lot of it in the running game.

In looking at a few plays of game cut-ups (below) from earlier this season, start with the first play. He gets off the line of scrimmage quickly, jab steps inside and breaks cleanly to the outside to race past the cornerback for an easy touchdown catch.

At the 1:35 mark, Simmons shows his ability after the catch. He is elusive, and although he doesn’t make a ton of yards, he shows an ability y to keep up a few yards out of nothing.

Recruiting Impact: This is an important and needed pickup for the Scarlet Knights, who need to add depth desperately to the receiving corps and adding Simmons is important because of his size and talent.

The Scarlet Knights already have commitments from Reading (Pa.) High receiver Dontae Owens and Jacksonville (Fla.) Creekside Rashad Blunt, who may still take official visits but says he is solid to Rutgers.

Simmons did look around and consider other schools, and nearly committed to Wake Forest or Virginia in summer, but elected to wait to make a decision. He has long had a strong relationship with the Scarlet Knights, and said in the spring it was his No. 1 school.

The Scarlet Knights still have Baltimore Calvert Hall receiver Lawrence Cager on their list, but chances are fading there as more schools become involved with him.

Riverside (Calif.) City College receiver Isaac Whitney was offered earlier this month, and said he is thinking about making an official visit, although he remains a long shot. Other receivers could also pop up on Rutgers’ radar as the season progresses.

Quotable: “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.”

Final Thought: Simmons is long, athletic and runs well. It will take him time to develop strength, but he has the frame to become a big-bodied receiver. Simmons is energetic and works hard, and should turn into a productive college receiver. This is a strong pickup for Rutgers.

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