Stuart (Fla.) Martin County defensive back Justin Simmons has great size, checking in at 6-foot-2, 170-pounds. That size, combined with his athleticism, is leading to some early interest from schools.
"I am getting a couple letters from some schools," Simmons said. "They are just your normal letters that tell you about the school and their programs."
Among the schools sending mail to Simmons is Nebraska, Penn State, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Duke, and Maryland. At this point, Simmons says he has two schools he really wants to hear more from.
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"One of my all-time favorite schools that I would love to hear from is West Virginia," Simmons said. "My second favorite school is Florida State, so I was happy when I got information from them."
Simmons talked about his love for the Mountaineers.
"My mom is from West Virginia, she went to Marshall, but her Dad went to West Virginia so we have always kept up with them," Simmons said. "We also used to live up in Virginia and always watched the Mountaineers play. I grew up a Mountaineer fan and always loved them."
As for the Seminoles, he made his way to Tallahassee earlier this season to take in a gameday atmosphere at Doak Campbell Stadium.
"I wanted to watch a college game to get the feel for the atmosphere because I had never been to one before," Simmons said. "I watched Florida State play Wake Forest. It was insane. It was ridiculous seeing all the fans cheering for FSU. It was insane. It was awesome. I loved it, playing in front of a crowd like that."
When it comes to his future position at college, Simmons hopes to remain on the defensive side of the ball.
"I am hoping to be a defensive back, but I am hearing a lot about playing more wide receiver," Simmons said. "I definitely want to be a defensive back."
Simmons, who also hopes to play basketball in college, said he intends to attend a number of camps this summer to work on his skills in the secondary.