Banneker High star Darrell Simmons has decided to become a Gamecock.
The three-star safety, who is ranked as the 26th-best player at his position in the county by Scout.com gave his verbal pledge to South Carolina following this past weekend's visit, turning down offers from such programs as Florida, Alabama and Ohio State.
And, according to Simmons, there's a good chance that the Banneker ball hawk will be seen on the field in Columbia, S.C. sooner rather than later.
"I talked with a lot of the coaches," Simmons told GamecockAnthem.com's Jonathan Jolley. "We discussed how they could use me on defense as a defensive back. Coach (steve) Spurrier told me that I can start as a true freshman and I feel like I fit right in with the defense. I'll play either (safety position)."
The 6-foot-1 and 200 pound athlete isn't the first Peach State high school player to commit to Spurrier this year.
He joins Brookwood High tailback Kenny Miles and Georgia Military defensive tackle Jarriel King as Georgia prep players that have agreed to be a part of the 2008 recruiting class at South Carolina.
"I'm strong and very athletic< Simmons said in a past interview when asked to describe himself. "I have great instincts and am a natural athlete. I'm like Sean Taylor. He was my size in high school and I think I play a lot like him."
If indeed the Gamecocks are getting a player that conjures up images of the late, great Taylor roaming the defensive backfield, South Carolina fans are in for a treat from this Georgia standout.
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