And Washington State had been recruiting him but their interest shifted into overdrive about a week and a half ago.
Simmons lined up at cornerback in the Southern California Bowl held on Jan. 25 and proceeded to turn in a stellar performance. He broke up five passes, made numerous tackles and earned Defensive MVP honors in the all-star game. He said afterwards he hoped some D-Is had taken notice.
It turns out Washington State had indeed.
"They really (started recruiting hard) after I got Defensive MVP at the So-Cal Bowl," said Simmons. "..I took the trip to Washington State and then I committed Saturday night."
THE COLLEGE TOWN and family atmosphere in Pullman were among the things that sold Simmons on Wazzu.
"It's a great city. It was snowing out a lot while I was there but it's a great city, with great players and good camaraderie, nice facilities. It's a new coaching staff and that's a big thing because it will give them a chance to show them what I can do," said Simmons.
Simmons said Wulff made the offer over dinner on Saturday, and that it didn't take long for him to decide.
"He pretty much had a smile on his face because he offered me and in the same sentence I committed and told him I was ready to work hard for him," said Simmons.
SIMMONS SAID WULFF, co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball and recruiting point man Steve Broussard liked his ability to play both the run and pass.
"They said I was an aggressive corner and that's what they really needed. They said they liked how I come up and hit, and that I really go after the ball when it's in the air and go after interceptions...and coach Ball is a great coach and he's coached some great DBs," said Simmons.
Other schools like Fresno State and UNLV were in the mix during the recruiting season but those schools were looking at him for running back. And if the needs were different at WSU, that might have also been the case.
"Versatility was a big thing I think (for Wazzu)...basically coach Wulff said it came down to where he really needed me, I could have been recruited for either/or," said Simmons.
Simmons becomes the 23rd known verbal commitment in the 2008 Washington State class.
"Pullman is a great place to be and I hope to have a great future there," said Simmons.
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