ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Coming into this season, junior athlete Antjuan Simmons was beginning to catch on in recruiting circles across the Midwest. Listed at 6’1” and 210-pounds, Simmons plays both linebacker and running back for the Pioneers and has done so with great success early on in 2015.
Since September 22, Simmons has received offers from Notre Dame, Miami (Fl.), Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin, LSU, Penn State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Virginia, Arizona State, Michigan State and— as of Wednesday night—Washington.
Extremely blessed to announce that I have received my 24th scholarship from The University of Washington!💯🔥🐺 pic.twitter.com/XNVULB0wAk
— antjuan simmons (@_antjuan_) October 15, 2015
“It was sweet,” Simmons told Today’s U. “It was a blessing, but I’ve still got to keep working. I’m focused on this season and making a run for the playoffs.”
Living in Michigan, Simmons isn’t overly knowledgeable of the Washington program, however the 3-star prospect is privy to a few key details regarding the Huskies.
“I don’t have too much [knowledge], just a lot of information from the linebackers,” Simmons said. “I have some really good information on them and the PAC-12. You have to have a solid defense to survive in that conference. They have real good linebackers the past few years and a solid team.”
According to 247Sports.com, Simmons is listed as the No. 29 outside linebacker in the country. On offense, Simmons hits the hole with authority and finishes off his runs strong. As a defender, Simmons is instinctual, blowing up many plays in the backfield with low pad level and sound form. With the versatility to play multiple positions on either offense or defense, Simmons discussed his take on which position he could play at the next level.
“It really doesn’t matter defensive-wise,” Simmons said. “I would probably say I would like to play in more space as an outside linebacker, so pretty much anything on defense. If I had to pick anything on defense, it would be outside linebacker or nickel, or somewhere like that where I could play free, play fast and play physical.”
With an offer from Washington now in his possession, Simmons indicated that the Huskies are a likely visit destination after his junior season is concluded.
“I want to be all over the place,” Simmons said. “In the winter and the spring, I’m going to try to get around. I’m going to make a list then go out and hit those schools that I want to really get to know. Washington is going to be on that list.”
This past weekend, Simmons took a visit to Ohio State as the Buckeyes defeated Maryland, 49-28. Simmons shared positive details from his trip, noting that the Ohio State coaching staff impressed an important visitor in the Simmons family as well.
“Ohio State and that visit was great, basically,” Simmons said. “I had a real good time. I had a lot of time to talk to all the coaches. I talked to every coach on the staff and I talked to three of their committed players. It was just good. It was a real comfortable visit getting to know everybody more and try to make me feel like home as much as possible. They really impressed my mom with their attitudes. Even though they are coming off a national championship, they aren’t arrogant about it. They are a real humble team and they are constantly working.”
As for this weekend and beyond, Simmons will be visiting Michigan this week as the Wolverines face Michigan State in a heated rivalry game. Simmons said he would “probably” head back to Ohio State for another game this fall as well.