"I signed with Clemson when I graduated, but I didn't qualify," Simmons, who attended Marrietta High School in Georgia, told JCFootball.com. "Originally I committed to Memphis, but when I ran into problems with qualifying they dropped me so Clemson stepped in and let me keep trying but I couldn't get my SAT scores up.
"I was supposed to come out here and go to Fresno City College, but when I called out to COS and talked to the coaches and looked at who they had playing out here, that's when I knew I needed to be at COS. They had such great players and I really wanted to play on the other side from Woodney and that really allowed me to make plays last year."
Simmons took advantage of those opportunities postin 70 tackles, one interception, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
"I'm a shut-down corner who can hit," Simmons noted confidently. "There's this sort of stigma about cover-corners – that they only like to get out and run around and not make tackles. I'm not like that. I like to mix it up."
At the JC combine on May 12th at Citrus College, Simmons had a solid day, registering a 4.25 forty time, a 37-inch vertical and 13 reps at 185 pounds.
"I want to work hard this summer on being a student of the game," Simmons said. "I need to get my footwork down even more and just being able to read routes and study my opponents' tendencies and see where their weaknesses are."
As far as recruiting is concerned, Simmons already has five offers to his name and several more could be just around the corner.
"Cal, Ole Miss, Hawaii, Clemson and Minnesota have all offered me," Simmons said. "Purdue was by today and they said they are very interested in me and are close to offering.
"Kansas State, Texas Tech, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Louisville, Florida and Georgia are other schools that are making a lot of contact right now. I'm heading home on Friday (May 25th) and I'll check out Clemson while I'm back there and probably head down to Georgia to talk to them and I also need to talk to coach (Chuck) Heater from Florida about possibly going down there too."
Because he'll have so many choices on where he ends up, Simmons has some ideas as to what he'll be looking for when he makes his final decision on where he'll play his final two years of college ball.
"Academics are important to me and my family," Simmons said. "I want to see how they support their players academically and how I can fit in there and feel comfortable.
"I also need to feel comfortable with the staff and know they will help push me on to the next level if that's in my future."
Simmons plans to graduate in December and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.
Stay tuned to JCFootball.com as we follow one of the top corner prospects in the country throughout the summer and fall.
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