Shane Simmons wants to be a leader. He’s made that much very clear.
Wednesday at Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha Catholic, the four-star defensive end made very clear where he wants to do it.
Penn State picked up its second class of 2016 pledge when the junior selected the Nittany Lions over Florida State, Ohio State, Alabama, and Maryland. Many believe Penn State and Florida State were the final two programs in the running.
“I have the greatest connection with the coaches,” Simmons said during a cermony at his school. "I know a few players, Adam McLean, Ayron Monroe, Jon Holland; when I got on campus, it just felt like home. Great tradition, too.”
“It’s close to home; far enough where I can become a man but my parents can still come and see me.”
Simmons joins Pittsburgh Woodland Hills running back Miles Sanders in the Lions class of 2016. The 6-foot-4, 225 pound defensive end is the second four-star to join the class, as well.
“Penn State is a great place,” Simmons said. “From looking at a few recruits right now, Dwayne Haskins, J.P. Urquidez, Terrance Davis too, a few of my teammates; Coach Franklin has really been close to me, even when he was at Vanderbilt.
“We still kept a close connection.”
The end said he will become a recruiter now for the Lions, and it was one of the reasons he committed so early.
“Oh yes,” he said with a laugh. “I’m trying to win a championship. I’ve been recruited since my eighth grade year. It’s been a long journey, and Penn State just felt like the right one.”
“He’s humble, he’s not cocky at all, and he really relates to his players,” Simmons said. “His whole coaching staff is young and hyped.”
FOS and Scout.com will have more on Simmons selection throughout the afternoon.