Simmons: Patience is Key

Jordan Simmons, the offensive line propect from Encino Crespi who was just ranked the #2 best guard prospect in the nation, has 27 scholarship offers and is in it for the long haul...

Jordan Simmons, the 6-foot-5, 333-pound five-star offensive guard from Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, Calif., has 27 scholarship offers already but denies any favorites and says he won't for quite some time.

"Patience is the key to success," Simmons waxed poetic. "I plan on taking all my time. I won't have a top five or so until the beginning of my senior season. I need to take some time and develop a better relationship with these coaches and get to know more about the schools before I can say I've got a favorite."

Scout.com's No. 2 offensive guard in the country attended California's Junior Day, but no others.

"It was fun," he said about his time in Berkeley. "I like the campus and coach Jeff Tedford is great. He's real laid-back."

Simmons says he also likes his chances of playing early for the Bears. "They told me that I could probably play as a freshman if I come in and do what they think I can do," he said.

Another plus for the Bears is that they just signed coach Tedford to a contract extension. "He got another five years and that's great for the program," he said. "That's important to me. I want a stable program and to play for coaches that will be there."

Besides Cal, the only other two schools that Simmons has visited are USC and UCLA. "They're both local so I know them pretty well," he said.

"I like USC because they are a hard-working team," he said. "They work really well together and play as a team together. They are known for being a great program.

"And coach Lane Kiffin is kind of cool too," he said. "He's laid-back too and kind of mellow all the time."

Simmons says that coach Kiffin and his cross-town counterpart (Rick Neuheisel) act quite differently. "Coach Neuheisel is really hyped all the time," he said about the Bruins' head coach. "He's a great dude."

Simmons says he also thinks that UCLA is on the right track. "They're on-the-rise," he said. "I think they'll do some big things in the next few years."

Despite living nearby USC and UCLA, Simmons says that location and distance will not factor into his decision. "That won't matter at all," he said. "I'm just looking for a program that is known for good football with a stable coaching staff."

Simmons has offers from Cal, USC, UCLA, plus other Pac-12 programs like Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State and Utah. "I like that the Pac-10 expanded," he said. "More teams, means more competition and that's a good thing."

He says he also has offers from Miami, Florida, BYU, Georgia, San Diego State, Auburn, Michigan, Norte Dame, Ohio State, Idaho and others.

Simmons did not have a favorite program growing up. "I was a big football fan period," he said.

Despite his wealth of offers, Simmons admits that he was surprised when Auburn and Oregon offered. "I wasn't expecting that," he said. "They're both a bit far and they run a different offense and I never thought that they'd be interested."

Simmons can bench 325-pounds, squat 455 and has a 28-inch vertical jump.

"I have a good punch," he said. "I also get off quickly and move well.

"I'm trying to lose some weight though and I want to work on my pad level," he said.

Simmons plans to major in either graphic arts or computer design. He reports a 2.9 core GPA and is taking the SAT in June.


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