Simmons Surprised by Attention

Encino (Calif.) Crespi offensive lineman Jordan Simmons has 20 offers and is one of UCLA's primary targets in the class of 2012...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi offensive lineman Jordan Simmons, one of the premier offensive linemen in the West, doesn't consider himself a bigtime recruit, despite 20 offers that span coast-to-coast, and from several national powers.

"I guess all the hard work is starting to pay off, but I don't consider myself bigtime," said Simmons.

Still, several schools do, with both teams who played in the national championship game, Auburn and Oregon, having offered Simmons, along with schools like USC, UCLA, Tennessee, Cal, Michigan and Notre Dame.

"The whole Pac-12, but Washington State, Stanford and Utah have offered and I think Utah is going to offer soon because they called for me this week," said Simmons. "And I think Alabama and Georgia could be offering soon too."

Simmons played his first two years at Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey before transferring to Crespi, where he earned all-state honors as a junior.

It's there where he's playing under legendary Southland coach Jon Mack, who's sent players all over the country while at St. Bonaventure in Ventura and now Crespi.

The Celts produced to signees with Oregon in 2010, and Simmons said that offer from the Ducks was a surprise.

"I wasn't expecting Oregon to offer but I was pretty happy when they did," said Simmons. "Them and Auburn offered one right after the other."

Simmons said he's not favoring anyone, talking with several schools and using the council of several Crespi teammates who went through the process.

"I'm open to anybody and I want to go through the whole process," said Simmons.

Simmons prefers tackle but said most schools see him inside. He even has a dream position.

"A lot of schools see me as a guard but I prefer tackle," said Simmons. "But I really want to play tight end. If I got down to 300 or 295, I want to play that. People would have to go for my legs. One of my coaches played at Fresno State, and he said he'd go for my legs because he wouldn't want to tackle me straight up."

For now, Simmons said he's 323, but is trying to trim his weight down to 300.

"I want to be 300-295 by the time the season starts," said Simmons. "Me and Coach Mack are working on that. He has to get his weight down too, so whoever loses the most first, we might have to go to sushi or something."

He'll camp at the Badger/New Level 7on7 Lineman Camp in Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Nike Camps and the B2G Elite Camp this spring and summer.

Simmons has already been selected to the play in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Brandon is in his seventh year with, currently as the West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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