Darryle Simmons (photo by Brian Dohn)

Scout 300 '18 WR Darryle Simmons discusses his Big Ten, ACC offers; schools standing out

PHILADELPHIA -- Scout 300 class of 2018 receiver Darryle Simmons holds seven offers, but talks to four schools the most. Does he have a leader?

Scout 100 running back D'Andre Swift is closing out his recruitment with a Thursday announcement, which is the same time class of 2018 receiver and teammate Darryle Simmons should see his recruitment accelerate to another level.

Simmons, who plays at Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep, holds seven offers, and he is talking to four schools the most. He said Virginia TechGeorgia (no offer), Penn State and North Carolina were the schools with whom he built the strongest relationships.

The 6-foot-2 1/2, 205-pound Simmons made a pair of visits to North Carolina, with the latest being in the spring.

"My type of receiver is what they want, and what they know how to teach," Simmons said. "I feel like if I went there, I could max out my potential."


Simmons is also well-informed on the ability of Tar Heels receivers coach Gunter Brewer.

"Their receivers coach is kind of famous," Simmons said. "He coached Dez Bryant, and all the top receivers that are at North Carolina now. It shows how much he knows. The facilities are great. Coach (Larry) Fedora is really cool. I like the coaching staff."

A bit further south is Georgia, which is a place Simmons visited. Also, the Bulldogs know St. Joseph's Prep well. It is the home of Swift, who is strongly considering the Bulldogs heading into his Thursday decision.

"Georgia is probably my favorite school," Simmons said. "They haven't offered me yet, but I love the coaches. They have two receivers coaches, and they are probably my most favorite coaches I've met in recruiting. The campus is great. I love weather. I like the hot weather. I don't really like the snow."

And which school to offer is Simmons' early favorite?

"Virginia Tech is probably my top school that offered," he said. "I love the campus. Everything the school has to offer academically, with a variety of majors they offer, is great. I love the coaching staff. The new offense, they have the new coaches from Memphis and they spread the ball around."

Much closer to home, Simmons holds an offer from Penn State, and he knows receivers coach Josh Gattis.

However, since the Nittany Lions landed a commitment from Scout 100 class of 2018 receiver Justin Shorter, the talk between the sides cooled.

"I haven't talked to Penn State much after Justin Shorter committed," Simmons said. "I know in their new offense, they are going to spread the ball around."

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