Simmons' Stock is Soaring

The Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Timberview 2014 safety, Brandon Simmons, has a number of offers and is interested in UCLA...

When Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Timberview 2014 safety Brandon Simmons got his first offer from SMU a year ago, he was hopeful a few more schools would jump in the mix in the three years till he would be able to sign a letter of intent.

In just over a year, there have been over 20 more that have offered, and with a year and a half until his own Signing Day, in February of 2014, there could be several more options for Simmons to choose from.

SMU offered Simmons as he was completing his freshman year, former Mustang assistant Adrian Klemm doing the offering. With Klemm now at UCLA, the interest in Simmons is still strong, with the Bruins having offered Simmons as well.

So have a host of other schools, like Boise State, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas Tech and West Virginia, where his father played.

"Honestly, I thought I'd get a few more offers after SMU offered me, but I didn't expect it to be like this," said Simmons. "It's an honor."

And Simmons is already receiving plenty of honors, including an invitation to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in his home state.

"That means a lot to me and my family," said Simmons. "Me and Ed (Edward Paris, his teammate) will get to play together and that means a lot."

Whether the two play together in college remains to be seen, but for now, they both will have a number of options that both could continue their career together.

For Simmons, he's visited Alabama, Auburn, LSU, UCLA and USC already this spring, and took in an unofficial to Rutgers over the weekend, prior to the NLA Elite 7v7 National Championships.

He's also visited nearby SMU, and got to know Klemm prior to his departure to UCLA.

"Coach Klemm is real cool, and I know Justin Combs from playing with him with the Goon Squad (their 7v7 team)," said Simmons. "UCLA has a really nice campus."

With considerable time until he needs to make a decision, Simmons plans to take as much of it as he needs.

"I'm not in a hurry," said Simmons. "I just want to take it all on and enjoy it. It's a big blessing to have this chance."

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a 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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