Stuart (Fla.) Martin County defensive back Justin Simmons is an intriguing defensive back prospect at 6-foot-3, 175-pounds. This spring, Illinois saw enough out of the Sunshine State prospect to pull the trigger on an offer.
"I spoke with Coach (Jeff) Brohm and he offered," Simmons said. "For me, it boosted my confidence a lot. For a school like that, Illinois, that is a school you hear about in the Big Ten, and it meant a lot for me to get an offer from them."
Simmons spoke about the conversation between he and the Illinois staff.
"We mainly just talked about where Illinois stood with me," Simmons said. "They didn't want to just offer like that and not have me interested in them. So we talked all about that. Then we talked about the spring game a little bit and my grades."
According to Simmons, Illinois wants him as a defensive back. He said that everybody recruiting him, with the exception of Jacksonville, wants him as a defensive back. The Dolphins wants him as a wide receiver.
Some of the other schools showing major interest in Simmons include Boston College, Central Florida, Florida, Florida Atlantic, and Florida International. He said that all of those schools are interested in him visiting this summer. At this time, Simmons plans to participate in numerous camps, including camps at Florida International, Boston College, and others.
With regards to a decision, Simmons is in no rush to decide on his future home.
"It will probably be after the season for my decision," Simmons said. "It depends on how things play out, but it will most likely be after the season."
As a junior, Simmons had 19 rushes for 140 yards, 390 receiving yards and six touchdowns on offense while racking up 70 tackles and seven interceptions on defense. In two years as a starter in the defensive backfield, Simmons has 115 tackles and 12 interceptions.