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Michigan-OSU rivalry intrigues DB Simmons

6/21/2012

With every offer, Brandon Simmons (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview) seems to work that much harder during a practice or training session. The 2014 safety is nearing 20 offers, and more are expected as the summer progresses.

From a recruiting standpoint, no day seemed to make Simmons smile like Tuesday. It was then when the 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back received news that he picked up four offers in one day. In addition to Arizona and Boise State, Simmons learned of offers from Michigan and Ohio State.

“They came to my school during spring ball and offered me, but I didn’t know about them then,” Simmons said. “It kind of blew my mind. I look at myself as a good player, but I don’t really brag about myself. To see all these offers come, it made me feel pretty good.”

Simmons added those four with offers from LSU, West Virginia, UCLA and a host of other schools. He said the offers from Michigan and Ohio State were the most intriguing of Tuesday, primarily because of their longtime rivalry in the Big Ten.

“I don’t know too much about Michigan right now, but I know the tradition is incredible,” Simmons said. “That’s what really intrigues me about them. As for Ohio State, I went there when I was in seventh grade and walked around the Horseshoe. Everything about it was great.

“I’m just blessed. I thank God every day with what he’s blessed me with. I’ll just continue to work hard and get to that level I want to be at.”

Simmons is expected to visit LSU on July 15. He also is looking to take a visit to the East Coast and take in the campuses at Temple and Rutgers during the summer.