Marcus Simms, who tweeted his commitment to West Virginia late Sunday evening, was the second player on the day to join the Mountaineer program. He added his name to that of Tyrhee Pratt, who earlier announced his pledge to WVU.
"BLESSED to say that I have officially committed to West Virginia University", Simms said via his social media account.
In Simms, West Virginia is getting a wide receiver that fits its system from both a pass catching and a blocking perspective.
"Simms is a downfield threat who does a good job of running through the ball. On short patterns, he catches the ball and turns up the field and pierces the defense quickly," Scout.com Eatern recruiting coordinator Brian Dohn said his analysis. "He high-points the ball and uses his length and speed well. Simms is a willing blocker and while he needs to learn how to remain engaged, he is physical and tenacious. He has the ability to go over the middle and catch the ball in traffic."
Simms played at DeMatha before transferring to Sherwood High School in Maryland this past year. He racked up 14 catches for 454 yards in his first two games before beginning to draw the kind of attention reserved for elite receivers. The 6-2, 185-pound wideout will undoubtedly get even more this fall, as the Sandy Spring school star grabbed more than 1,100 yards worth of receptions and scored nine times as a junior.He also had offers from Boston Collete, Maryland, Pitt, Rutgers and Wake Forest, as well as Toledo, Buffalo, East Carolina and Eastern Michigan. Other schools such as Penn State and Virginia were also in close contact.