A new school for Simmons?

A.J. Simmons is a 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end/defensive end from Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif., and Scout.com spoke with Simmons Wednesday night for a quick recruiting update. Things have changed for A.J. in the past couple of weeks.

"Things are going cool," Simmons said. "I just took a visit to Oregon last week. It went well. I liked it a lot."

It was Simmons' first time visiting Eugene, but he wasn't alone. "I have a cousin that goes up there, Dennis Dixon," he said. "He showed me around. I liked the facilities. I got to see them practice a little bit, that was exciting. I got to see how they do things.

"They want to bring me in as an athlete and when I come in they would put me on both sides and wherever I do best in, that's where I'll play."

And on a scale from one to ten, what would he give his trip to Oregon? "I'd give it a 9," he said. The Duck coaches reiterated their scholarship offer to Simmons, but he wasn't biting.

At least not yet.

"I told them that I had a good time, but I'm going to be sitting down with my Mom and discussing my decision," Simmons said.

It seemed for a long time like Simmons wasn't going to leave the Bay Area to play his college ball, but he's decided that going to school out of state is going to give him the best experience. The Arizona Wildcats are another school that have caught A.J.'s attention. He's already taken an official visit there. "Oregon and Arizona are my top two schools, but I still have interest in Washington," he said.

Washington? That's a new school on Simmons' short list. "I'm thinking about setting up a visit with them," he said, adding that it would probably be in January. "I'm going to try and make a decision by mid-January. I want to go up there and see Washington." A.J. also said that he talked to the Husky coaches last week and planned to set up a visit date within the next few days.

The Huskies have a current O'Dowd player on their roster - junior cornerback Matt Fountaine.

Simmons doesn't have a preference for which line he plays on in college. "Most schools are recruiting me as an athlete, a big athlete," he said.

And the big question is, could he pick a school today? "I've given it a lot of thought," Simmons said. "If I had to pick...nah, I can't answer that," he said with a laugh.

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