Five-star edge rusher, Colin Simmons, discusses his overwhelming, but fun, recruitment
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Five-star edge rusher, Colin Simmons, is not only one of the highest recruited prospects in his Class of 2024 but also one of the highest recruited prospects in the entire country. Simmons holds 42 Division 1 offers, but is only one game into his junior season.
Simmons is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end from Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas. He is ranked as the No. 2 edge rusher in the country, the No. 2 recruit in Texas, and the No. 15 recruit in the Class of 2024 according to 247sports Composite Rankings. On Wednesday night, Simmons joined me on Instagram Live for an interview to discuss his recruitment, his season-opening game on ESPN, and more.
Out of Simmons’ 42 offers, half of them have come in in 2022, so the fact that his recruitment has blown up in a short amount of time has been overwhelming to him. “It’s been crazy,” Simmons said. “All these coaches texting me, calling me, calling me when I got practice and they didn’t know I got practice, it’s just been crazy throughout this whole season. The whole recruitment, it’s been crazy, it’s been wild, it’s been hectic.”
Simmons hears from the country’s best programs on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. He’s a prospect that everyone in the country is trying to get to commit to their school. “LSU and Texas, most definitely,” Simmons said in regards to the schools that he hears from most. “I also talk to Georgia, Oregon, TCU be hitting me up. It’s been a lot, honestly. Michigan, Michigan State, there’s been its fair share of people constantly hitting me up, but LSU and Texas been hitting me up the most.” Simmons took two unofficial visits to LSU this summer.
Of the schools Simmons hears from most, some schools want to talk strictly business, but he appreciates most when coaches come on the phone to have a genuine conversation with him. “It differs. Sometimes they want to get to the chase,” Simmons said. “There’ll be other times where they get the head coach on the phone and really have a real conversation with me, just having a genuine conversation.”
Regardless of the times when the recruiting process has been overwhelming and hectic to Simmons, he’s had fun being a part of it. He feels blessed that he’s in the position he’s in, a position that not many players can relate to. “I’ve honestly been enjoying it,” Simmons said. “It’s been fun, and I hope it gets more fun.”
But he has the better part of two seasons ahead of him, and has a lot of time to make a decision. For now, Simmons is focused on his junior season at Duncanville and is focused on bringing the school to another state championship.