There have been some opportunities for ESPN Watch List safety Brandon Simmons (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview) to attend a college game and do some personal scouting on the teams participating.
Saturday was the perfect chance to watch two Big 12 giants go at it, as he took in the Texas-Oklahoma State game in Stillwater, Okla., with Timberview teammates Trevor Walker -- a three-star, heavily recruited, 2013 safety -- and 2014 safety Ed Paris, a fellow ESPN Watch List athlete. He also made the trip with his father Kashann.
"I really enjoyed myself there; I know me and my dad really liked it," Simmons said. "The atmopshere of the game was crazy; there was an orange sea. The fans are crazy, and the atmosphere was ridiculous."
Simmons watched how both teams’ defenses executed in Texas’ 41-36 win over Oklahoma State. While both teams gave up a lot of points, he did manage to find positives from both sides.
“I saw that Oklahoma State played three safeties at a time. That’s definitely something positive,” Simmons said. “It presents opportunities for me to get on the field early if they play more than two safeties.
“Texas had one play where they had six DBs on the field. I’m starting to see a lot of colleges put more DBs on the field like that.”
Simmons is getting interest from both Oklahoma State and Texas, but neither school is one of the 29 that already have offered the 6-foot, 170-pound safety. Simmons is entertaining offers from Michigan, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and UCLA. Simmons also has an offer from West Virginia -- where his father played from 1992-97.
Simmons said he’s leaning toward attending Saturday’s Texas-West Virginia game with his father in Austin, Texas. Simmons added that he is definitely planning on attending the Alabama-LSU game on Nov. 3 in Baton Rouge, La.