One of the top tight ends at the Palo Alto NIKE Camp was Mansel Simmons and the Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon prospect is starting to hear from more schools as his senior season approaches.
Simmons, a 6-foot-4, 217-pound prospect, is getting mail from Cincinnati, USC and Nevada-Reno and also said Sacramento State has been aggressively pursuing him.
"Everything has been going pretty good except for that little dead period when colleges couldn't talk to me," Simmons said. "Everything was going pretty good before that.
"I've been hearing a lot from (Sacramento State). I've been good with their coaches and they came to our practices so they've definitely showed a lot of interest in me."
Cincinnati is a new school on the list for Simmons, a three-star recruit rated No. 28 at tight end and No. 96 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com. He said an assistant coach contacted him on Facebook and they now correspond through e-mail.
"It was kind of crazy," Simmons said. "One day I was on Facebook and one of the Cincinnati coaches hit me up and said he wanted to let me know who he was and he wanted my e-mail. He said we saw you and we've been looking for a tight end of my stature."
Recruiting could possibly be even busier for Simmons but he opted not to attend summer camps and instead went to Arizona for training. His only camp was the Palo Alto NIKE one where he stood out but did not go to the USC Rising Stars Camp even though he was invited.
Simmons focused on training this summer so he could have a big senior season - and then hopefully pick up some offers. Pleased with his summer, Simmons said he's looking forward to putting up big numbers this year after training so much away from home.
"I was going to go to the USC camp, the Rising Stars one, but I didn't get the time because I went to Arizona instead," Simmons said. "I've been in Arizona training so it's definitely been a good summer."