Simmons Loves UCLA Visit

NOV. 27 -- The Lakeland (Fla.) Christian running back and UCLA commitment, T.J. Simmons, talked about his official visit to UCLA...

T.J. Simmons had visited UCLA before, but he got an even closer look at the program on his official visit there last weekend.

“It was a great time, I thought the Rose Bowl was pretty cool. I got to be with (head) coach (Jim) Mora and my position coach (running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu). A lot of the guys on the team took me out, showed me around L.A. I got to see how they practice and see the facilities, stuff like that,” Simmons said.

The Lakeland (Fla.) Lakeland Christian standout was able to experience his first game at UCLA, a Bruins win over rival USC.

“I thought it was pretty exciting, the fans and the whole downtown rivalry with USC and UCLA and the atmosphere itself. Also, being in the Rose Bowl, it just couldn’t get any better,” he said.

While there was nothing not to like about the weekend for Simmons, getting to spend more time with his future head coach was probably the highlight.

“My favorite part would probably be just having breakfast at the Mora’s house, it was pretty fun,” he said.

He also got to know several of the players and spent a lot of time with a fellow running back.

“Mainly I hung out with (Bruins freshman) Nate Starks. He was just simply giving me advice on what I have to look forward to when I get on campus, expectations and stuff like that,” Simmons said.

Next for Simmons will likely be an official visit to Ohio State next month, but he’d like to assure Bruins fans to not think twice about it.

“Definitely still solid with UCLA,” he said.

Simmons is now back on the field (though in limited action) after a broken ankle injury at the start of the season. He’ll get some playing time this Friday in his team’s playoff matchup.

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