Rutgers defensive line coach Jim Panagos, who played at Maryland and recruits the state, first heard about the 6-foot-1 wideout while at a funeral.
“He was at a funeral for somebody who he played with and someone told him that he has to check out Marcus Simms because he’s one of the best players in Maryland,” Simms said. “He actually watched my tape and he was like ‘woah.’ Then we started talking on Twitter and I called him. Coach P is really cool. He’s really down to earn, and I’m excited to meet him.”
The Scarlet Knights formally offered Simms on Friday, and hope he takes the three-hour drive to campus soon.
“I didn’t have my phone on me at the time, and my girlfriend came and told me about it,” Simms said. “I was excited and happy. I’ve had some long conversations with Coach P about Rutgers and the market and the uniforms and the kind of opportunity I would have if I went to Rutgers. I’m excited about it.”
Simms plans to visit Rutgers for both a March 7 junior day and April spring practice.
“I’ve never been to Rutgers, so I’m going to get up there pretty soon,” Simms said. “I’ve heard some good things about them and their campus, so it should be good.”
“Maryland is definitely No. 1 for me, but I’m definitely interested in everybody,” Simms said. “Before I had any offers, I really liked Maryland, so it was a real honor for them to offer me. They’re definitely my top school, but I want to visit some other schools too. I’m probably going to decide before the season.