The Tar Heel State is home to a massive offensive lineman in the 2009 recruiting class. The 6-foot-5, 330-pounder doesn't hold an offer to date, but is getting his share of interest from a number of schools.
"Everybody wants him to come to their camps this summer," Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford County head coach Diego Hasty said about offensive guard Will Simmons. "They all want to check him out more. I know he's a Division I player, he can play at the level. Somebody is going to jump on the bandwagon."
Does Simmons like anybody?
"He respects all of the schools," he said. "I think he's going to visit North Carolina, North Carolina State, East Carolina and has already been to Notre Dame. He also looking at heading to Penn State, Virginia, Maryland and maybe Virginia Tech for a one day camp.
"Right now the problem is a lot of these schools are only taking one or two guys like Virginia Tech. Virginia has told us they are taking five linemen."
Hasty discussed his star prospect a bit more.
"He's the hardest working big man I've had in my thirty years of experience," he said. "Most people have him as a tackle, but he's really a guard in college. On the field, he hounds you and when he gets his hands on you, you're through. He's tenacious."
There's more to Simmons than just that though.
"He's a great student that does everything you ask," he stated. "Outside at practice he gives you 100% and that's a rarity. He's really working hard with a trainer dropping the weight since colleges are telling him that. But I tell you what, he can play.
"On top of all that, he's one of the nicest guys you've ever been able to associate with. Everybody at schools knows him and loves him to death. He's a 3.5 GPA student that is quiet and polite, but out on the practice field he goes 100 miles per hour. He's a totally different person."