Tyler Simmons said UGA coaches have told him that he is one of three top receiver priorities in the class of 2016, along with Archer’s Kyle Davis and Savannah Christian Prep’s Demetris Robinson.
The 4-star from McEachern is perfectly fine with being coveted alongside two other elite recruits at the same position.
“I feel good that (UGA) is recruiting me so hard,” Simmons told the AJC. That’s why Georgia is one of the top schools I’m considering right now. To see the other guys being recruited with me makes me feel good … because if we all commit, we could compete at a high level in the SEC.”
Even though UGA has told the speedster how big of a priority he is to them, Simmons doesn’t have a clear leader.
“I’m starting to narrow it down to three to five schools,” Simmons said. “I think I’ll have a narrowed list by the end of July. I plan on committing in early September.”
UGA, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Alabama, California, Texas A&M and Kansas State are the schools he is most interested in right now.
Here are the rest of the five things you need to know about Simmons:
1) UGA connection: The Bulldogs currently have two commits from McEachern: 5-star defensive tackle Julian Rochester and 2017 4-star quarterback Bailey Hockman. How big of a deal is that to Simmons? “Just knowing I’ll have some people there that I already know, like Julian – the big man is going to be there – and right behind me I have Bailey coming in to throw me the ball. That puts Georgia at a high level on my list. But it’s not going to be the biggest deciding factor.”
2) Fast friends: Perhaps the reason why Hockman’s commitment isn’t a huge deal to Simmons is the fact that he transferred to McEachern from New Manchester High School in February. He’s only practiced with Hockman for a couple of months, but that familiarity helps UGA’s recruitment of Simmons. “Just being with Bailey these past couple of months, I know that he is a great quarterback. He is still maturing and he’s only going to get better on the football field. It definitely helps Georgia out a lot.”
3) Dealbreaker: So what is the most important factor for Simmons’ decision? “I just want to go somewhere that I feel like I fit in. A lot of schools will just pitch me that I can come in and start right away, but that’s not a huge deal. I want to be somewhere where I can fit in with the coaches and players. I also want to be at a school that has my major. I want to be academically successful.”
4) Going to Dawg Night: The 5-foot-11, 194-pounder will attend UGA’s summer camp on July 18. “I’m most looking forward to meeting other recruits. I would really like to meet them and just see where most of them are going to college because I haven’t gotten the chance to talk to many of the other kids because I’ve been busy with my own recruitment.”
5) Impending Alabama visit: Simmons will see Alabama the day before UGA’s Dawg Night. “Bama is having a big family cookout, so I’ll be there before I go to Georgia.”
6) Other visits: The receiver who has been clocked at 4.41 in the 40 plans to visit California, Kentucky and Kansas State. He’s also thinking about visiting another in-state school. “I think I’m going to Georgia Tech for an overnight camp just to get to know the players. Omarhi Jarrett went to the school I was at before I transferred to McEachern. He just signed with them this past year as a running back. I want to spend time with him and see how he’s fitting in with everyone there.”
7) Academic priorities: Academics are going to play a big role when Simmons chooses a school. He has dreams of working on computers. “My grandma would always need help with her computer when I was younger and I would show her how to do different things. One day she was telling me how I should be a computer engineer – and since then – that just stuck with me.
Good news for Georgia fans: the school has a computer science department.