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Simmons Thrilled About ASU Offer
Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic four-star outside linebacker/ defensive end Shane Simmons returned from his trip to Arizona just a few days ago, and it didn't take long for the sophomore to land an offer from the Sun Devils. "This afternoon my coach texted my mom and she told me. As soon as I found out I called the coaches and told them how excited I was for them to offer," Simmons said. "I talked to my recruiter coach [Sammy] Lawanson, he just said how excited he was for me and my family for coming out there and spending my time with them, and seeing the campus." Speaking of the campus, Simmons spent two days checking out everything Arizona State had to offer. "The campus is huge its one of the biggest campuses I've been on," Simmons said. "I like that the campus too is diverse too." The four-star standout spent the majority of his visit talking with defensive ends coach Paul Randolph, who provided Simmons with a clear idea of where he would fit in the Sun Devils scheme. "We talked a lot about tempo and getting off the ball," said Simmons, who plans to visit Penn State, Rutgers, and Pittsburgh later this spring. "He said basically told me how their defense is set up for me to succeed. They play a hybrid 3-4, so they will bring someone up on the line or stand someone up." Simmons' eyes lit up when Randolph compared him to a former Arizona State star, Terrell Suggs, who is now a cornerstone of the Baltimore Ravens defense. "He said they have a position called a ‘double backer' which is what Terrell Suggs played when he was out there," Simmons said. "It is kind of like a defensive end and a linebacker. They stood him [Suggs] up and put him in a three point stance sometimes too." "It was amazing [to hear that comparison]," Simmons said. "Just that someone came from that far away, and now plays just a few miles from me and we play the same position." With a full understanding of where he would fit in the defense, Simmons said he paid close attention to the defensive ends and linebackers during the Sun Devils' practice. "It was an up-tempo practice, fast paced and there wasn't a lot of jogging around," Simmons said. "No one was walking around, it was aggressive and exciting." The Stags' standout didn't get a chance to meet with Head coach Todd Graham, who was busy at a meeting regarding the Sun Devils' new stadium proposal. "We saw a digital lay out of the stadium [proposal] and what it will looks like," Simmons said. "It looks like the Cowboys stadium, with the screen hanging up in the middle. They said that it would be done my freshman year, it was really cool looking." Although Arizona State is pretty far from Simmons' hometown, distance isn't necessarily going to play a factor in his decision. "My mom said she was forced to go to a particular school, so she doesn't want to send me to a school that I don't want to go," Simmons said. "I really have my choice of where I want to go." Simmons is one of the top prospects in the 2016 class, and he already holds offers from some of the top programs in the country, including: Florida State, Tennessee, North Carolina, Maryland, and Vanderbilt, among others. However, Arizona State made a strong impression and is right in the mix for the four-star. "It's a very great program, I really liked what I saw there," Simmons said. "I really can't say I have any favorites, everyone is kind of even, but I am really excited to get an offer from them [Arizona State]."
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