Birmingham (Ala.) Carver defensive back Syhiem Simmons wants to return home for big-time college football. The native New Jerseyan wants to do it at Rutgers.
With an official visit to Rutgers this weekend, Simmons said the hometown team is in great position.
“[Coach Chris Ash] probably wants me to go up and visit and meet everyone and then commit,” Simmons said. “My mindset is I'm going to Rutgers and nothing is stopping me.”
Head coach Chris Ash spent Monday afternoon at Carver for a man-to-man conversation with Simmons – their first face-to-face meeting.
“We talked about how to be a man and stuff like that,” Simmons said. “We talked about character and what type of players he wants at Rutgers. I feel like I'm going to be signing Feb. 1 to Rutgers University. It went pretty good with coach Ash today. We talked a lot. Rutgers is where I want to be.”
Simmons officially visits Rutgers this weekend with his father. They fly back to Alabama Sunday with plans of a Rutgers-centered Signing Day.
“It means a lot to me being from Jersey City and going to play some good football at Rutgers,” he said. “I think Jersey City is ready for it. I'm not just playing for myself. I'm playing for my hometown. I'm playing for my city, my coaches.”
Rutgers defensive backs coach Bill Busch accompanied Ash on the visit. They like him as a nickel corner that can also play close to the line of scrimmage, he said.
“They said they need guys that can cover with linebacker bodies,” he said. “I'm going to cover the slot, blitz and they said I'm the perfect guy for that. It's like Ronnie Lott.”
Education interests Simmons as an academic field of study.
“I know football isn't forever, so I'm interested in coaching or teaching when it comes to an end,” Simmons said.