With close to 30 offers to his name, 2016 defensive end Shane Simmons is ready to make his decision. The Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha star recently named a top five of Alabama, Florida State, Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State.
"I made my top five and I'm ready to get it over with," the 6-foot-3, 224-pound Simmons said. "I don't know which school I'm going to pick. I'm keeping in contact with all of my coaches and trying to figure thing out."
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Each of these five has some of the key things Simmons was looking for in his recruitment. He shared some of the positives of each school.
Alabama - "Alabama is a great program and I like all the coaches. I have a good relationship with coach (Lance) Thompson. I worked with him at the camp, which made us closer. I learned more about him and what he's doing with the defense. I like the campus too."
Florida State - "I feel really close with everyone up there. I know everyone and they know me. I first visited there my sophomore and I never lost that connection. I a great relationship with coach (Sal) Sunseri and I call him often just to talk and see what's going on. I talk to E.J. Levenberry jr. also. I also love that they just won the championship."
Maryland - "Maryland is my hometown team. They are close to me and I have a good relationship with every coach up there. I call them to see what's going on and I've on campus a few times."
Ohio State - "I like the atmosphere up there and all the coaches seem to like me. Tyler Green is going there, which boosts up my interest just to know that maybe I can play with one of my teammates. The coaches up there are a big factor. I haven't been round them as much, but when I went up there it help build a strong relationship."
Penn State - "Penn State is a great school. I have a good relationship with the coaches since they were at Vanderbilt. Everyone knew me and I knew them. It just felt very comfortable up there. I saw the academic programs up there and that was big for my parents and me. I saw all their facilities and all their players weren't shy about talking to recruits."
Simmons is set to announce his decision on Wednesday, July 30 at 2 p.m. at DeMatha.
Adam Friedman is the Mid-Atlantic Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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