Simmons enjoys enforcer role

This year the JC ranks are loaded with top safety prospects, but there aren't any with a bigger reputation than Hutchinson S Jasper Simmons (6-1, 210). He's a heavy-hitter who can play both centerfield and in the box when you need him to and, while he's still firmly committed to Missouri, he said he's still got plenty of schools trying to talk him out of it...

"The season is going really good," Simmons told over the weekend. "We beat Garden City (Saturday) and now we're headed to the playoffs and anything can happen from here on out."

The Blue Dragons finished the regular season 6-3 and Simmons was a key cog in the secondary, notching 62 tackles and double-digit pass-breakups.

"Last year I played more strong safety, but this year I've been at free safety," Simmons said. "I like them both, but I guess if you asked me where I would prefer to play I'd probably say strong safety because I like playing in the box and being in the middle of things."

When asked what he preferred -- a big hit or an interceptions -- Simmons was a bit torn, but he answered with his heart.

"I know everyone says an interception helps the team more, but I prefer the big hit," Simmons said. "Just rocking a guy and taking his will, that's what it's all about for me and what I love to do."

Hutchinson head coach Steve Carpenter loves what Simmons brings to the table.

"We haven't had a safety with Jasper's athleticism and football sense at Hutch in a long time," Carpenter replied when asked what made Simmons so special. "He's very instinctive and he loves to hit. He's had a direct impact on the positive progression the Blue Dragon defense has made the last two seasons."

On the recruiting front, Simmons committed to Missouri in early October and he still remains committed to the Tigers, but things could get interesting down the stretch with offers from schools across the country.

"I haven't visited Missouri yet, so I need to get that done and just see where I'm going to play," Simmons said. "I will probably go there after my season and we've been talking about me going there on December 12th, so that is probably when I will get that in.

"Oklahoma State has really been pursuing me a lot and I might take a visit there, but I'm not sure so right now I would say no to that, but you never know I guess, we'll just have to see what happens."

Simmons is still on pace to graduate in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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