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Simmons reaches out to Ohio State

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Jordan Simmons was not hearing at all from Ohio State but wanted the Buckeyes to get involved so the Encino (Calif.) Crespi offensive lineman took matters into his own hands and personally contacted the staff.
Soon after reaching out to Ohio State, the 6-foot-5, 333-pound prospect had another offer to add to his extensive list.
"It went pretty good," Simmons said last weekend after dominating at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp.
"I was excited about it because I'm interested in that school. I kind of reached out myself and told them I wanted to check them out and see what they had to offer.
"I e-mailed one of the coaches and he responded back to me. Then I sent him my film and that's when it happened. I think they had the idea I had no interest at all."
It isn't uncommon for prospects to reach out to schools but it is a little unorthodox for Simmons, one of the nation's top offensive linemen who already has a boatload of offers, to pinpoint one program that hadn't been recruiting him to get on the radar.
It also speaks to Simmons' potential interest in Ohio State although the Crespi standout is nowhere near making a decision.
"I just wanted to try something different and see if they liked me," Simmons said.
Pretty much every college program likes Simmons, who said at the recent Elite Linemen Challenge in Las Vegas that Cal, Oregon, Miami, Washington and USC were standing out the most. The Buckeyes can now be added to that list.
A commitment is probably far off though.
Simmons plans to take official visits during the season and although he hasn't narrowed down his list at all yet it's expected he isn't expected to limit himself geographically by only looking at Pac-10 schools.
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