By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
Jeffery Simmons walked his own stuff out of the Inn at Ole Miss to the trunk of his Chevy Impala Sunday morning. Wearing a stocking hat from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the Noxubee County defensive end spoke about his official visit to Ole Miss.
“It went great. I had a great time. Being with the other players, we had a great time,” said Simmons, who is a five-star recruit by Rivals.com. “Now it’s just time to focus on my family to make sure that I know I made the right decision.”
Simmons said he was close to a final choice since National Signing Day is Wednesday. He said that he would talk with his coach, Tyrone Shorter, tonight or even Monday, and by Tuesday, everything should be finalized, he said. Simmons said he has no plans to go public before Wednesday.
Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State and Tennessee are the last four schools in the picture. Dylan Bradley, who plays for Southern Miss, is Simmons’ brother. He has helped Simmons out during the recruiting process.
“He tells me to do what is best for me and to not listen to all the other things,” he said. “Make my mom proud. Just do what is best for me.”
Simmons went from a big recruit in the state to one that garnered national attention. With that brought extra attention from college recruiters.
“Once your rankings go up and all that comes out, everybody is going to come after you,” Simmons said. “That’s something I really don’t look at. I just keep doing what I do and grind.”
As for the official visit weekend, Simmons said the guys he hung out with made Oxford feel like home.
“The Mississippi guys, it’s home. If I did choose to come here, it would be a great fit,” Simmons said adding he was a little closer to DK Metcalf since they played in the Army game.
Benito Jones, who is already in school, hosted Simmons. The two have know each other for a while, and both got even closer when they played with each other in the annual Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic.
“That’s why he was my host. He’s a freshman here and we’ve been knowing each other,” Simmons said.
On all the schools compared to another:
“I love all them schools. They’re all great. If I did go, it would be a great fit but now, it’s where I feel more home at,” Simmons said. “My mom has been on all the visits with me. I will see what her opinion is but again, she told me she wasn’t going to pick it up.”
Simmons did add that in his heart, he felt like he knew where he was going. At least a little bit.