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Simmons plans three Pac-12 trips

Ewing Simmons has three frontrunners but before the Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's defensive end makes his commitment the three-star prospect wants to take his official visits in January.
Simmons, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound prospect, said he has preliminary plans to visit Washington State in the second week of January followed by trips to Colorado and Arizona.
After those trips, Simmons said he could be ready to make his pledge.
"I really like all three of those schools," Simmons said.
"I really like Washington State right now because they got coach (Mike) Leach. At this point I want to visit and see what they have to offer and then see if I'd be interested in going to school there."
Since Washington State just hired Leach and Rich Rodriguez is the new coach at Arizona along with coach Jon Embree just finishing his first season at Colorado, all three programs have talked about rebuilding to Simmons, who finished with about 60 tackles in his senior season.
The Northern California prospect likes that approach but before he considers making his commitment, getting to each school is going to be crucial. Whichever way it turns out, it's becoming clearer that the three-star is going to end up in the Pac-12 someplace.
"From talking to coach Leach and the coaches at Arizona, they all want to rebuild," Simmons said. "I really think coach Leach can turn things around at Washington State. I really like the coaches at Arizona, too, and I think they can turn things around.
"Right now I'd pretty much say I want to take my visits first and then I'll decide on a leader. I just want to wait it out and then figure it out."
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