Schools is definitely in session for many of the nation's top prospects and St. Louis (Mo.) University all-purpose back Stephen Simmons is no different with heavy doses of both class and practice hitting full speed.
Though Simmons wishes it was summer still, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound back really feels better on the field than he did the same time last year. Proper conditioning has allowed him to gain that extra step that he felt he was missing just months ago.
"I feel a little quicker and a little bigger," Simmons said. "Overall, it just feels better than last year."
Indiana was the first team to offer a scholarship for the sleeper offensive prospect and a few other schools are showing interest at this time.
"Northern Illinois and Vanderbilt have been talking with me along with Iowa and Wisconsin," Simmons said. "I think Northern Illinois seems serious about an offer coming. The coach sends me text messages and it just seems like he keeps up with me more than most."
"He even keeps up with how I do in track nationals and everything like that."
The attention for Simmons is definitely heating up. That, among other things pushed him to get his first official visit set up.
"We already have Indiana set for Oct. 7," Simmons said. "It's their homecoming weekend. That's a special offer. I mean they were the first ones to give me the shot and I get along with the coaches very well."
His decision will come after the football season. The season for Simmons will be a complete 180 degree turn from last year with a new scheme ready to be unveiled.
"The offense is completely different this year," Simmons said about University's new style. "It's just a different type of scheme with more shotgun formations and a lot more quick options stuff."
"We had more speed at quarterback than usual, so we're going to use it."
Simmons is rated as the No. 17 overall prospect in Missouri. During his junior season he had 1,169 yards and 14 touchdowns.