Simmons is a playmaker on D for Blinn

On a team that produces numerous D-1 prospects on a yearly basis, Blinn LB Dextrell Simmons (6-0, 210) is a player that stands out. His versatility allows the Buccaneer defensive coaching staff to do a lot of different things throughout a game and because of that, along with his outstanding instincts and sure-tackling, he's already getting some early attention from several schools...

Simmons had a solid prep career in Houston, but was a non-qualifier who didn't get much in the way of recruiting attention.

"I wasn't real big and I wasn't a qualifier, so a lot of schools didn't really recruit me," Simmons admitted to "I just decided to come up here to Blinn so I could keep playing ball, get some good coaching and hopefully get a scholarship."

After enrolling in 2008, Simmons so impressed the Blinn coaches that he was slated for almost immediate playing time, but he tore the ACL in his left knee early on and received a medical redshirt.

"That was tough, but I've come back strong from it," Simmons said. "I played all last year on it and I was fine and this year, I feel like I'll have a big year because I'm all the way back mentally and I'm not thinking about the injury at all."

As a freshman last fall, Simmons played the strongside (SAM) linebacker position for the Buccaneers and was outstanding, posting 57 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions and earned NJCAA All-American honors for his efforts.

"This kid can just flat-out play," Blinn defensive line coach Keith Browning told "He's a guy we ask to do a lot in our system; he has to cover backs and tight ends, but we also want him to come up and support the run, so he has to have great instincts.

"He could play safety or even be a nickel linebacker for a team and really do well at the next level. Whoever takes him will be getting on heck of a player."

While no schools have come forward with an offer just yet, schools from all over stopped by to watch spring practice and have let it be known they like what he has to offer.

"Baylor seems to really like me and they said they are looking at me and will be watching me," Simmons said. "Kansas State likes me a lot. Utah, Texas A&M likes me, Hawaii and SMU too. A lot of schools have said they want to see me this summer and in the fall before they offer me."

Simmons is finishing up his AA this summer and could leave if a team wanted to bring him in this fall, but if not he plans to return to Blinn for the 2010 season and then will sign with a school in December with three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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