In discussing schools he wants to check out in person, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Simmons mentioned Rutgers ahead of any other school.
"I hear about them all the time," Simmons said. "I could see myself going there because it's real close and my family could come see me and everything."
Simmons couldn't make the Rutgers camp, or any others, because he is enrolled in summer school, and attendance is mandatory. Missing class time would have resulted in a failing grade, but he is hearing plenty from a teammate who attended Rutgers camp.
Branden Jackson, Scout.com's No.-9 rated outside linebacker in the 2011 class, came away impressed with the school, and he's been telling Simmons about it.
"Branden was telling me the facilities are nice and my coach just gave me the (media guide) to look through," Simmons said. "One of the coaches that I talk to there, he seemed real nice. I want to get to know the rest of the coaching staff and see if they are as nice as him."
He is being recruited to play either defensive tackle or offensive guard by schools.
"I want to learn about all of them," Simmons said. "I want to see a couple of schools within driving distances, like Rutgers. I still want to see them. Michigan, North Carolina, Maryland – I want to go out there and see their campus because I hear about them a lot."
Most of Simmons' week days are devoted to school, weight training and football activities, but Thursday he is going to join his coach, Jim Ward, and Jackson on a trip to a yet-to-be-determined school.
"It's going to be North Carolina, Michigan State or Rutgers," Simmons said. "It's going to be out of those three. Me and my coach keep talking about it, but we haven't decided. And Branden is going to go with us."