Deep in the Heart of Texas: Buckeyes Drawing interest from 2014 DB
By Michael Chung
Everything is bigger in Texas.
Deep in the heart of the state stands a powerful 6-0, 170-pound safety who runs a 4.6-second forty time. Ohio State has recently been recruiting the Lone Star State hard since Urban Meyer hired Tom Herman as his offensive coordinator, and Brandon Simmons is one of the latest to receive an offer.
Typically, the top tier athletes in Texas favor the home-state Longhorns, but this 4-star safety out of Timberview High School actually grew up in New Jersey, and he is he progeny of a father who played at West Virginia.
One of the top prospects in the state of Texas in the 2014 class, Simmons already holds a large number of offers for next year’s recruiting class. He is being hotly pursued by LSU and new SEC member Texas A&M, along with schools like Arizona, Boise State, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA and WVU.
Yes, there’s no doubt the Buckeyes are in a 10-gallon fight for this Mansfield, Tex. Prospect. He recently took some time to talk with The-Ozone about his recruitment.
Ozone: When did you receive an offer to play at Ohio State?
Simmons: Around May. The coaches came down to watch one of our practices and then went to my coach’s office. We (Ed Parris) were informed that we have an offer to go to school at Ohio State.
Ozone: Your dad played for West Virginia under Don Nehlen, does this give WVU an advantage?
Simmons: I do love them and they are among my top choices now if I had to have a group of schools.
Ozone: Which coach from OSU is recruiting you?
Simmons: They have not really talked to me. They were not allowed to until Sept.1 but their main communication has been with my coach.
Ozone: You mentioned Edward Paris also has an OSU offer; where do you think OSU stands with him?
Simmons: We have not really talked about it but anytime you have an offer from a great school like Ohio State, they instantly become one of your top choices. I am sure he is open to going there like I am but it is really early in the process.
Ozone: What would you say is your top 5 right now?
Simmons: It is only the beginning of my junior year so I do not have a top 5 officially but some schools that I am interested in are: West Virginia, Notre Dame, Stanford, Ohio State, and Texas A&M.
Ozone: When will you visit Ohio State?
Simmons: I will probably schedule a visit after the season is over.
Ozone: Which coaches are you close too?
Simmons: I am closest to the coaches at LSU, especially coach Les Miles and Coach Steve Ensminger. Les Miles is a really nice, cool, and straightforward about everything. He has told me he wants me at LSU. There are other top Texas recruits that have LSU offers: Tony Brown, Ed Parris and Jared Brazil. A lot of people have interest in playing there.
Ozone: Being a top recruit in Texas, how come you do not have an offer from the University of Texas?
Simmons: Right now, I am “approved” for an offer at Texas. I am guessing on their Junior Day, this approval will turn in to a real offer. I grew up in New Jersey, so I do not have a born allegiance to the Longhorns.
Ozone: Which schools are recruiting you the hardest?
Simmons: LSU and Texas A&M. When I visited LSU, they showed me a lot of love and Les Miles made it very clear that he wants me to play for him. A&M sends me a boatload of mail.
Ozone Quick Hitters with Brandon Simmons:
Favorite music group? Jodeci
Pizza, Chinese, or Mexican food if you had to choose? Chinese
Best subject in school? Biology
College Major? Forensics, I want to be a CSI someday.
Favorite place to go on a date? Going to the movies or just staying at home
If you could go on a date with anyone in the world, who would it be? My girlfriend.
*Thank you for taking time to talk to us Brandon. We know it is early in the process and we hope your choice of college becomes clearer as time moves on. We also hope you will have a chance to visit as many schools as you can.