November 14, 2007

Simmons may visit Ole Miss this weekend

It's no secret that Ed Orgeron is looking for a lock down defensive cornerback for his 2008 recruiting class.

The Rebels currently have some young inexperience corners that are learning and growing on the job, leaving room for perhaps a more experienced junior college player.

It appears that one junior college corner that has made the Rebel's radar is College of Sequoia's Traye Simmons. Simmons, a Rivals.com four star prospect, hopes to take an official visit to Oxford as soon as this weekend.

"I'm suppose to go to Ole Miss this weekend," Simmons said Monday. "It will all depend on if I can get all of my paperwork done in time. I have to get copies of my transcripts, and some other things in order."

Simmons, who played his high school career at Marietta Georgia, has a special connection with Ole Miss.

"I have a lot of interest in Ole Miss," Simmons said. "My cousin (Brent Schaeffer) goes to school there. He has a lot of positive things to say about the program and the coaching staff. Even though he isn't starting this year, he told me a lot of that had to do with him. He is excited about the direction the program is headed in the future and feels it would be a great place for me."

According to Simmons, Coach Ed Orgeron and another Ole Miss Coach was at his game this past Saturday.

"I didn't get to talk to them, but we all knew that they were there," Simmons said. "I thought it was pretty cool that a head coach came to watch me play."

Simmons is known for his speed and his defensive mentality.

"The fastest I have run the 40 is 4.28 last spring at a combine," Simmons said. "I love to play one on one defensive coverage. No one is going to beat me."

Currently Simmons is holding at least seven official offers; those include Ole Miss, California, Florida, Minnesota, Purdue, Hawaii, and Middle Tennessee.

Simmons is scheduled on graduating in December, he is awaiting word if his transcripts can be accepted and are in line with SEC requirements.


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