Coach Speak: T.J. Simmons

2015 three-star Lakeland (Fla.) running back T.J. Simmons committed to UCLA on Monday, and it shapes up to be an important commitment for the Bruins...

The Bruins added a commitment from Florida running back T.J. Simmons this week. Simmons' Lakeland (Fla.) Lakeland Christian head coach, Wayne Peace, says UCLA is getting a great player and person in Simmons.

"(He's) just an extremely respectful, hard-working young man, who truly wants to better himself. I just have the utmost respect for TJ Simmons and I'm just thrilled to death for him," Peace said.

"TJ, he's a phenomenal young man. He will represent himself, his family, and his university very, very well."

The 6-foot, 200-pound running back hopes to make an immediate impact in the UCLA offense. Peace believes Simmons has so much to offer and will only continue to get better.

"I think his best days are ahead of him. He's really a rare combination of size and speed, and he's just one of the hardest workers that any coach could ever ask for. They'll be thrilled with his production on the field and they'll also be thrilled with his leadership in the locker room," Peace said.

"He definitely gets life, he knows what's important, he knows what he's got to do to succeed and get to the levels that he wants to be at as a person an athlete and I think he'll continue to work to do that."

Peace adds that Simmons takes his commitment to the Bruins seriously and won't be looking around at any other schools down the road.

"There's no doubt (that it's solid). He told me that he's done, this is where he is going," Peace said.

"He's going to take an official visit to UCLA and nowhere else and that's where his future is. I'm very happy for him."

Now, two of the Bruins seven 2015 commitments are from Florida. Simmons joins Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian linebacker Victor Alexander as the Sunshine State representatives in the class.

Bruin Report Online Top Stories