- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
2014 safety Brandon Simmons (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview) has more than 30 offers for a reason. The ESPN Watch List athlete is considered one of the elite defensive backs of his class, and ultimately, he will have his pick of where he attends college.
On Wednesday, Simmons picked up his latest offer from Washington. While the 6-foot, 180-pound safety admitted to having minimal knowledge on the program, he said he’s willing to learn more with the help of a trip to Seattle.
“I don’t really know too much, but that’s why I’m looking forward to flying out there for either their junior day or their spring game,” Simmons said. “I was impressed by their win over Stanford.”
Simmons is being recruited by secondary coach Keith Heyward, who was a defensive back and four-year letterwinner at Oregon State. Simmons said learning from a coach like Heyward – who spent time in NFL camps, the CFL and NFL Europe – could be very beneficial in his goal of playing professionally.
“He seems like a real down-to-earth guy,” Simmons said of Heyward. “He seems like he knows his stuff and is a real cool guy.”
Simmons is the son of Kashann Simmons, who played wide receiver at West Virginia from 1992-97. He and his father have made multiple trips all over the country to check out schools and be in attendance for big games. Simmons said as he finalizes his choices, he’ll be looking for three things in particular – a home away from home, a place with quality academics and a football program that wants to win.
Washington has all three qualities, and Simmons is intrigued enough to want to check it out.
“We’ll see how everything goes,” he said, “but I do want to make a trip up that way.”