Philadelphia St. Joseph’s 2018 wide receiver Darryle Simmons had over a dozen offers to his name but felt strongly enough about six schools on his list to announce them as his top six schools on Sunday.
Then Wisconsin entered the pictured, and the 6-3 receiver was intrigued.
“I’ve seen them play a lot,” Simmons told BadgerNation of the Badgers. “I saw them play Penn State and beat LSU this year. I like Wisconsin and how they play.”
Wisconsin visited Simmons last spring, getting positive feedback on his film from tight end coach Mickey Turner and showing a lot of interest. According to Simmons, the contact stopped from that point until the offer came on Monday.
“They said they liked the versatility I had,” Simmons said. “Speed, pass catching, route running, strength and blocking they liked. They said I was a nice fit for their offense.”
For St. Joseph's, which went undefeated and won the PIAA Class AAAAAA championship, Simmons caught 34 passes for 526 yards and three touchdowns.
“An offense that spreads the ball around, runs a high-tempo offense with a large variation is what I’m good at,” he said.
Simmons said his top six - Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia – combine a quality coaching staff, the willingness to spread the ball around the film and passionate fan bases.
“I want a big stage to play on in front of a large fan base,” Simmons said.
But while Simmons said those six schools are out in front, all new offers – including Wisconsin – will be under consideration.
“I’m open to all new offers,” Simmons said. “I’m definitely considering Wisconsin and I hope to visit out there.”
Hoping to decide by the start of his senior season, Simmons said Auburn, Michigan and Ole Miss are other Power Five conference schools who are recruiting him without offering him