Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic 2016 four-star outside linebacker/ defensive end Shane Simmons proved why he is already considered one of the top players in the talent-rich region at Saturday's Nike Football Training Camp.
The 6-4, 225-pounder was one of the most impressive pass rushers at the event, and dominated one-on-one's against some of the top offensive lineman in the country.
So it should come as no surprise that Simmons picked up four new offers this week. The barrage of verbal's started with an offer from Nebraska on Tuesday, before Wednesday's trifecta of Wisconsin, Miami and Wake Forest.
"On Tuesday, I got a text from coach [Elijah] Brooks saying that I got an offer from Nebraska. I was really excited because it was only my second Big Ten offer," said Simmons, who also holds offers from Maryland, Florida State, Arizona State, and West Virginia among others. "So I was excited for them, and I think they have a lot of potential in their program, and I have a lot of potential to be a top recruit so I was really interested in them."
The Stags pass rusher didn't have to wait long for his third Big Ten offer.
"First offer on Wednesday was Wisconsin," Simmons said. "Coach said I got an offer Wisconsin and that they are really excited for me. They said that I have a lot of potential with my size and frame, and I have a lot of room grow into my frame.
Simmons said he doesn't know a ton about Wisconsin's program, but he is curious to learn more about the program largely because two of his former DeMatha teammates—running Taiwan Deal and wide receiver Chris Jones—will be playing for the Badgers next season.
"I don't know too much about them, but my teammates have really increased my interest for Wisconsin as well, so that is a good thing," Simmon said. "I don't have too much free time because we do a lot at DeMatha, but hopefully I can visit at some point during my junior year when I have some free time."
After two Big Ten offers, Simmons picked up back-to-back verbals from ACC schools.
"My second offer [on Wednesday] was Miami. I found out after practice when I called the coach and he told me I got the offer," Simmons said. "He said I should come down to see the campus and visit. I am thinking about going to go down there when I go down to Florida State, for a visit and camp [at FSU], this summer."
The four-star stand out capped his big day with an offer from the Demon Deacons.
"When I called the coaches from Wake [Forest] they talked a lot about academics and life after football," Simmons said. "They were just saying how they have a great business school and how they are building program."
Simmons said he isn't planning to make a decision anytime soon, but he does already have quite a sales pitch. He said he wants to go to college with his future DeMatha teammate J.P. Urquidez, whom he played with on Team USA.
"Me and J.P. [Urquidez] want to go to play in college together," Simmons said. "I keep saying teams can get a big offensive lineman and a nice defensive lineman." The two already picked up a pair of offers from West Virginia, while Urquidez was visiting DeMatha on his shadow day.
Both of us got offered at the same time by West Virginia," said Simmons, who plans to visit Texas A&M, Texas, Baylor, Alabama, and Auburn with Urquidez this summer. "Coach [Elijah] Brooks told us after our practice that we received the offer from them, so that was pretty cool.
" I went up there [WVU] my freshman year when they played against Maryland, and I have been up there a few times," Simmons said. "I liked the crowd, everyone is live and is excited and all of that. I like the chemistry of their team and their fans support. Everyone is loud and proud, so I liked that. I also liked the way they flew around and I think I could fit in their defense. "
Another school in the mix is Penn State. Simmons workouts with former Penn State linebacker and NFL veteran Lavar Arrington, and he hopes to visit State College at some point in the near future.
Although Simmons isn't naming any leaders at this point, it seems as though for now, Florida State might be the team to beat.
"I had a great time at the camp last season, that is when I picked up my offer there," Simmons said. "I am going to go back to Florida State this summer for a camp and a visit. I really like the coaches, the team, the environment down there."