According to John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald, junior college transfer Tyrae Simmons has been cleared to play for Baylor.
Juco offensive lineman Tyrae Simmons cleared to play for Baylor: https://t.co/sRe7Hm6vT7
— John Werner (@JohnWernerTrib) August 16, 2016
Simmons, a versatile offensive lineman who played at College of the Sequoias, will provide some stability on the line for a team in transition. So this is a welcome relief for new coach Jim Grobe.
Werner writes that Simmons joined the team Tuesday for some work in the weight room and will take the field for practice on Wednesday.
“Tyrae will be coming in late, but that’s about where we’re going to be,” Grobe said. “We’re not going to look to expand any more. It would be hard for anybody to come in right now and pick up what we’re doing.”
Baylor’s offensive line struggled in the first intrasquad scrimmage Saturday as the defense collected nine sacks. Grobe believes fatigue might have been a factor since seven offensive linemen have been getting so many reps in practice.
Simmons, a 6’4”, 300-pound offensive guard from Visalia, California is rated as a 3-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 150 overall junior college prospect in the 2016 class and the ninth-best offensive guard in the country. 247Sports also regards Simmons as the 40th-best junior college prospect in the state of California.
The Baylor football program is still trying to move on past the sexual assault scandal that has rocked the campus. And with all the defections that occurred after ex-coach Art Briles was fired, it has been tough for Grobe to piece together a competitive roster.
Baylor will open its 2016 season when it hosts Northwestern State on September 2.