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Cyclones offer Florida cornerback

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Lehigh Acres (Fla.) Lehigh cornerback Malik Simmons is trying to practice patience, as he waits on offers to come.
"My coach just told me that a lot of out-of-state schools, bigger schools, are checking on me," Simmons said. "He said he talks with someone every day about me and there has been someone at school every day for me. I am not sure who it is going to come from next, but my coach says it will."
On Tuesday, his offer list grew by one when Iowa State stopped by to watch him and his teammates practice.
"After watching film my coach called me over there and he was with the Iowa State coach," Simmons said. "He was straight-forward with me telling me that they were offering me a scholarship."
Iowa State joins South Florida in offering the talented defensive back.
Simmons eventually was able to speak at length with the Iowa State assistant that extended the offer. He shared some of the topics covered in their conversation.
"He asked me if I want to be a defensive back or wide receiver and I told him it didn't really matter, as long as I am playing, but then he asked me what I feel most comfortable with and I told him cornerback," Simmons said. "We talked a bit more and he told me about himself and about Iowa State. He gave me his information and I gave him mine."
Simmons has previously stated South Florida as a leader, but with his offer list now growing, he has backed off that.
"Not really," Simmons said. "Everybody is kind of even right now. I am starting to get more offers so I don't really have leaders and stuff right now."
Other schools showing interest in the 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back includes Alabama, Auburn, Ball State, Boston College, Duke, FAU, Florida State, Indiana, Kentucky, Miami, Middle Tennessee, Rutgers, TCU, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
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