Simmons Charges up the Charts

The Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's defensive end Ewing Simmons is sitting on a number of offers with more schools interested in him...

Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's defensive end Ewing Simmons (6-3, 235) is emerging as one of the top prospects in the greater Sacramento area, with a number of offers in and more that could be coming his way.

"I've gotten offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Nevada, UCLA, San Jose State and San Diego State," said Simmons. "And a bunch of schools are showing high interest in me."

Most of those schools are in the Pac-12, with one being an in-state program.

"I have a lot of high interest from Oregon and Oregon State as well as Washington," said Simmons. "And Fresno State is potentially going to offer. I just talked to Coach (Keith) Williams."

Where Simmons plays, position-wise, is still up for debate.

"Some like me as a defensive end, some like me as an outside linebacker and some like me as a tight end," said Simmons. "I play defensive end but I'm also a standup backer, so I do cover and I do have an outside rush and stand up. I'm more a hybrid. Arizona and Nevada said they like me as an athlete."

Simmons said that his dream school is USC, and he camped their this summer in hopes of catching their eye.

"They're high interest for me but it's a waiting game," said Simmons. "Coach (Ed) Orgeron and Coach (Lane) Kiffin said they need to see my film and see what their scholarship situation is like."

In the meantime, schools like Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Fresno State, UCLA and Washington are standing out to him.

"We've had a lot of schools come by and check me out during the spring and now the fall," said Simmons. "Colorado came by, Coach (Mike) Tuiasosopo, Coach Williams at Fresno.

He's also in visit setting mode.

"I've set my first visit to Fresno State on December 9th and the other ones I'm still figuring it out and planning with the coaches. I had one set up with Arizona and Coach (Mike) Stoops but then he got fired, so now I'm working with Coach (Tim) Kish right now to set that up. And Coach Tui, we're trying to work on a date to get set up at Colorado and same with Arizona State and Coach (Dennis) Erickson right now. I definitely want to take all five visits."

Simmons is fully qualified but plans to take the SAT again on November 5th.

On the season, Simmons has 50 tackles, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Brandon is in his seventh year with, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and 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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