It's not always easy for junior college football players to get noticed by FBS programs, as there are so many junior college football programs across the country, it can be easy FBS caliber players to go overlooked and unnoticed. That was the case for free safety Markell Simmons for a while, but he recently picked up his first offer and is starting to see his recruitment pick up. "The University of Utah has offered me, and Cal is showing some pretty good interest in me as well. I have a lot of other interest from FCS schools, but I should get some more interest from more schools soon."
The talented free safety put up impressive numbers during his redshirt freshman season at Pima CC, as he totaled 71 tackles and 4 INT's, 2 of which were returned for touchdowns. That successful season led to an offer from Utah, and Simmons is understandably very high on the Utes.
"Coach Morgan Scalley is my recruiter and I have a really good relationship with him. I've met him and the coaching staff once and they all seem great. Coach Scalley himself calls me once a week. I really like as a person and can't wait to play for him."
That last sentence from Simmons makes it seem like he's already made his decision, but he says that he hasn't made a final decision yet. "I'm leaning towards Utah a lot right now, but haven't committed." A big reason why Simmons is high on the Utes is really simple for him, it's because the Utes are high on him. "Utah seems like they really want me there and I like that a lot. I want to go to a school who really wants me."
Simmons didn't get any real opportunities to watch the Utes play this season, and he wasn't able to visit Utah during the season due to an injury, but that doesn't mean he doesn't know how he could potentially contribute to Utah over the next three seasons. "The coaches haven't really talked to me about playing time, but I know their roster know and who else plays my position, and with all the hard work I put in on and off the field, I'm confident enough that I can play right away."
As for what kind of player Simmons is on the field, his film shows that he has the ability to play center field and be a ball hawk, but is also very capable in run support. "I bring a lot to the table as a player starting off with my motor to always go. I can come down and hit as a free safety and I have good IQ for my position. I'm not really a talkative guy or a vocal leader, but I lead with my actions on the field by going 100% all the time, even in practice."
With one offer in hand and some other interest coming in, Simmons plans to make a final decision by Christmas time, and will arrive on campus just before the start of summer workouts with 4 years to play 3. It's safe to say that Utah is in a very favorable position.
Simmons Is Close to a Decision
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