What is Rutgers getting in Birmingham (Ala.) Carver defensive back Syhiem Simmons? It did not take Carver coach Rod Carson long to know he had a special player when they first met.
“I think he's going to come right in and play,” Carson said. “He has all of the physical attributes. He's strong. He works harder than everybody else. I know a lot of coaches may say that. I think this is probably one of the hardest-working kids that I've coached. I didn't get to coach him all four years because he came from Hudson Catholic up in Jersey but he's the hardest-working kid I've ever coached. I can truly say he's going to step up on the field playing.”
Simmons chose a return home to New Jersey, and completed his official visit Sunday as a member of the 2017 recruiting class.
“They want to play him as that outside nickel guy,” Carson said. “He's a focused defender.”
Simmons told Scarlet Report going into his visit that he saw no other option except Rutgers. All that had to happen was an official visit to see coach Chris Ash's program.
“My mindset is I'm going to Rutgers and nothing is stopping me.” Simmons said.
Simmons heads to Rutgers this summer with early playing time in his vision.
“I'm all about Rutgers because that's the best thing for him,” Carson said. “Rutgers is getting a great player. They're getting one of the best ones I've coached. I've only known him for six months and he's one of the better ones I've ever coached. You don't get anybody better than that cat.”