Simmons will attend two Big Ten camps

Racine (Wis.) Park class of 2007 offensive line prospect recently returned from a summer football camp at Central Michigan and has plans to participate in two more camps this year. He discussed the interest he is receiving from Division I programs.

Matt Simmons, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive line prospect at Racine Park High School, has not yet received a scholarship offer, but several schools are showing interest. He received phone calls last month from Central Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ball State and Division I-AA South Dakota State.

"(Recruiting has) been going pretty well," Simmons said in a telephone interview yesterday. "I just got back from Central Michigan one-day camp (Sunday). And then I have Indiana University (camp) next weekend and I have Wisconsin's one-day on the 26th."

At the Chippewas' camp this past weekend, Simmons completed 12 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press, had a 20-inch vertical jump, a 4.92-second 20-yard shuttle, an 8.26 3-cone drill, and a 5.4 40-yard dash.

"The most interest would probably be like Ball State, and (Wisconsin) shows some but not as much, but still some," Simmons said. "And then Indiana shows a lot. I got invited to go down to Auburn and LSU camps for one day but I'm not taking the trip down there… And then Western Michigan I was invited to go but it's just too much (travel)."

Simmons said that the message he has been receiving from college football coaches has been consistent: attend camp and show them what he can do. He said he wants to exhibit his one-on-one ability and his pass protection skills. He also wants to prove to colleges that his size is legitimate. "Most people tell me I don't look my weight," Simmons said, "and then I get there and they do know that I'm 310… or 315."

Simmons was an all-state offensive lineman last fall for a Park team that won the WIAA Division 1 state championship. He is's No. 13 class of 2007 prospect in the state of Wisconsin.

Badger Nation Top Stories