Darrell Simmons, the 6-foot-2, 194 pound safety from Banneker High School in College Park (Ga.) finished his junior season with 80 tackles and three sacks. He benches 245 pounds, squats 350 and has a 32-inch vertical jump.
"I'm strong and very athletic," he said. "I have great instincts and am a natural athlete. I'm like Sean Taylor (Washington Redskins free safety). He was my size in high school and I think I play a lot like him.
"I want to improve my man-on-man coverage and improve my strength," Simmons said. "I'd like to get faster too."
Simmons has approximately 16 scholarship offers and favors Alabama and Florida solidly over LSU, Tennessee and Auburn.
"I like coach Nick Saban a lot," Simmons said. "He's a great coach and a proven winner. He's a really outgoing guy and is a father figure to his players. I think he's the guy who will turn them around and make them a winning program like he did at LSU."
Simmons attended junior days at both Alabama and Florida. "Florida was really nice," he said. "The people are very friendly and they are on another level when it comes to winning. They are all winners and they just have that mentality."
Simmons plans on attending camps at Florida, Alabama, Auburn and Florida State. His first scholarship offer was from Auburn, last April. "They've been with me the longest and they really show me a lot of love," Simmons said. "They really like me and treat me good.
"I'll talk with my parents and my coach and they'll help me with my decision," Simmons said. "I really want to play early and I want to leave the state, but not too far. I want to get out and be on my own for a while. I'll make my decision by the time our season starts."
Growing up Simmons says he liked Miami, but the 'Canes haven't offered him. "I liked watching them when they won all the time," Simmons said. "I love how they send so many players to the NFL."
Simmons says he is also being recruited for track. He runs the 400 (48 sec), the 110 hurdles (15) and the 300 hurdles (38).
He reports a 2.4 core GPA (may attend summer school classes) and is taking the SAT in June.