Future Coug has long been crimson

ONE OF THE Cougs' first members of the 2010 class was Matt Simmons, a 3-star defensive back prospect out of Torrance, Calif. He was among those taking his official visit this past weekend to Washington State. And he's been part of the Cougar family since long before he made the decision to verbally commit to WSU.

Matt Simmons out of Bishop Montgomery high is the son of Randal Simmons, a fallen Coug and SWAT officer who was killed in the line of duty in February of 2008. The younger Simmons has long had his eye on WSU.

"I've been a Cougar fan for a long time. Right when they offered me, there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to think about any other schools along the way. Washington State was always my No. 1 choice," said Simmons.

SIMMONS IS listed as a three star corner by Scout.com but he'll come to WSU as a strong safety. On his official visit, Simmons was impressed with his future position coach, Chris Ball.

"I think I talked to coach Ball the most. We had one-on-one time to talk about my position, strong safety. He's really committed to his job of coaching the safeties and I could see he had a lot of love for the Cougs," said Simmons.

SIMMONS ALSO GOT in some one-on-one face time with head man Paul Wulff.

"He's a great coach -- I'm going to love playing for him and the team," said Wulff. "I know that he's there to help me out and to get us to a Pac-10 championship, and a Rose Bowl championship too. That's my goal, too."

Simmons said the visit reinforced many of the reasons he went crimson in the first place.

"I loved it. I felt like I was at home, the players and coaches were all great. They really showed they have a love for the team and the school so I really felt at home there," said Simmons.

For more on Simmons and his father, click HERE and HERE.

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