#15 Tight End Prospect Commits

Jack Simmons said he wanted to make a verbal commitment before the season started and he pulled the trigger with five days left before the season opener. Jack will follow in his fathers footsteps.

"I committed to Minnesota on Sunday night," said tight end Jack Simmons.

"When I visited Minnesota a second time, I walked around campus and I felt a sense of belonging.

"I walked around and I just felt that if football wasn't part of the equation, Minnesota is a school that I would love to attend."

Simmons, a 6-foot-6, 215-pounder from Mundelein (Ill.) Carmel is the #15 ranked tight end prospect in the nation. He's also a Midwest "Hot 100" selection as well as an Illinois "Top 30" prospect.

Glen Mason and his Golden Gopher coaching staff are quietly putting together back-to-back solid recruiting classes and Minnesota won't be a push over on the football field in 2003 either.

Simmons joins Minnesota prep stars Johnny Carlson and Lydon Murtha as Minnesota verbal commitments.

So who finished second for Simmons' services?

"Northwestern was right there but in the end it was the fact that I felt more comfortable at Minnesota." Simmons said.

"My dad wanted Northwestern because of the academics but after I committed to Minnesota he was happy because he's a Minnesota graduate and played football there as well." Simmons and his Carmel teammates are the #1 ranked team in the state according the Chicago Tribune. The season starts this Friday and with recruiting behind him now, Jack can concentrate on leading his school to a state championship.

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