The Longhorns haven’t always been on Brandon Simmons' radar. But they are now after the 2014 defensive back from Mansfield (Texas) Timberview took an unofficial visit to Texas on Tuesday.
“It went real well. I liked it a lot,” he said. “The facilities were real impressive and I enjoyed myself.”
Simmons made the three-hour trip south with 2014 safety Ed Paris of Timberview. The two, who make up one of the best secondaries in the state, were approved for offers by the Longhorns coaches.
Simmons moved from New Jersey years ago, so he didn’t grow up rooting for Texas like many in the state have. So simply reminding him of the program’s success wasn’t going to be the ultimate selling point for him. He wanted to find out more during this visit and felt like he did that.
"We just walked around the facilities, took a tour of the campus,” Simmons said. “We talked to Coach [Mack] Brown and I got to meet the defensive backs coach [Duane Akina].
“Coach Brown just said that we were really good players and told us how to handle the recruiting process. He was talking about how Texas does things and how he runs his program. Just giving us some background information.”
Simmons would like a Texas offer, and will be in the discussion of those that will be handed out in February. But he’s not hurting for them.
The 6-foot, 170-pounder already has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State, LSU, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Purdue, SMU, Temple, Texas Tech, UCLA, Virginia and West Virginia.
He let the Longhorns know he was interested.
“If I like something I am going to let you know I like it,” he said. “With Texas, I like their school a lot so I let them know that I really enjoyed myself, that I liked them a lot and that I would definitely take them into consideration.”
Texas coaches traveled to see a Timberview practice this spring and invited Simmons to its spring game, but he was unable to make it. The Longhorns reached out to his coaches last week to try to set this visit up.
This was the first visit to Austin he has made but it won’t be his last. He plans on attending Texas’ game against West Virginia on Oct. 6 and the Red River Rivalry on Oct. 13.
Simmons said he doesn’t have any favorites at this moment and that he is open to everyone.
“I am trying to keep my options open and see everything before I make my decision,” he said.