ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Heading into the sixth game of his junior season, Pioneer athlete Antjuan Simmons has experienced a whirlwind on the recruiting trail over the past two weeks.
Simmons, who plays running back and outside linebacker, is ranked as a 3-star prospect on 247Sports.com. Over the past two weeks, Simmons added over ten schools to his star-studded offer sheet, including several SEC programs, and spoke with Today’s U regarding his exciting season.
“My season is great so far,” Simmons told Today’s U. “We’re clicking on offense. We just need to tighten it up on defense, but we can do it.”
Standing at 6’1” and 205-pounds, Simmons has an eye-popping midseason highlight tape. At the outside linebacker position, where Simmons is ranked No. 27 nationally, the Pioneer recruit plays with a low pad level, quick acceleration and an instinctive nose for the football. Simmons’ tape is loaded with impact plays such as sacks and forced fumbles, but his offensive efforts are equally imposing.
As a result of his standout junior campaign, Simmons picked up numerous offers recently. On September 22, Notre Dame extended an offer to the three-star prospect. Joining the Fighting Irish in coming days was Miami (Fl.), Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin, LSU, Penn State, Louisville and Tennessee to close out the month.
October picked up right where September left off, however, as Kentucky and Vanderbilt offered Simmons earlier this week. With a total of 20 offers to his name, Simmons touched on his time on the recruiting trail.
“It’s been a blessing,” Simmons said of the recruiting process. “I’ve picked up 11 offers in the past week, maybe week and a half so it’s been treating me extremely well.”
Vanderbilt is the most recent school to join the fray with an offer for Simmons and the Pioneer standout discussed how he found out about his offer and his opinion on the Commodores’ program as a whole on Thursday.
“I got a phone call from Darryl Graham,” Simmons said. “It’s a great program academically and it’s on the rise in football.”
With so many new opportunities at his disposal, Simmons says that he hasn’t fully come to grips with his recruitment yet.
“It honestly hasn’t hit me that hard because I’m in season,” Simmons said. “I’m going into the biggest game of the year and all I’m focused on is keeping the team undefeated.”
Simmons has shown the ability to take over games from both the running back and outside linebacker position so far and says that most schools are recruiting him as an athlete rather than declaring which position he projects to. Instead, Simmons will continue to see how things shake out on the field and on the recruiting trail.
Next weekend, Simmons will be taking a visit to Ohio State. This will be his first visit to the Buckeyes’ campus since picking up an offer from the program in late September. Simmons shared what aspects he will be paying close attention to while in Columbus.
“What is like on a game day there and talking to the staff,” Simmons said.
This Friday Simmons faces Ann Arbor Skyline (3-3) at home at 7 p.m.