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Simmons still hush on recruiting

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Jordan Simmons is the top-rated offensive guard in the 2012 class by Rivals.com so recruiting fans want to have the latest scoop on him but the Encino (Calif.) Crespi wasn't giving away any hints after his team lost to Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta on Friday night.
"I still have my top 15," Simmons said. "I'll narrow it down soon."
It could be a long process for Simmons, a 6-foot-5, 333-pound four-star recruit who dominated at offensive tackle and guard in Friday's loss.
Going up against four-star defensive end Jeremy Castro for most of the night proved worthwhile to Simmons, who was successful in slowing down the Washington commit and has proven to be dominant in almost every setting since he's been in high school.
"I know the big talk coming into the game was me going against him," Simmons said. "He's a good player and I felt like I did really well against him. I think I handled my business out there.
"The first few plays I didn't really go against him. He shoots straight up the field really and I was able to get my hands on him. They switched me inside to guard and he was at d-tackle so I just wanted to make sure I got off the ball really quick."
Even though he has tremendous size, Simmons moves incredibly well and that's one of the many reasons why he's so coveted by some of the nation's top programs. Since he is still sitting with 15 teams on his list, Simmons probably won't make any significant moves for a while in his recruitment.
There are rumors that USC is the leader at this point but Simmons would neither confirm nor deny that saying he is still open to all programs. Cal and Oregon are also under serious consideration according to sources.
"I'm just trying to think about this football season and go from there," Simmons said. "I'll worry about the recruiting stuff afterwards."
Rivals.com rates Simmons No. 1 at offensive guard - although he could also move to offensive tackle - and No. 36 in the 2012 class.
Miami, Auburn, Cal, Washington, UCLA, Georgia, Oklahoma, Arizona, USC, Oregon, Oregon State, SMU, Ohio State, Utah and TCU are Simmons' finalists.
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