Brenham (Texas) Blinn college linebacker Dextrell Simmons thought there was a good chance he would know his future college destination this weekend. It turns out that he was right.
The 6-foot, 210-pound defender left on Friday for an official visit to Boise State. Though he did not have an offer from the Broncos heading into the trip, that changed when he spoke with head coach Chris Petersen.
I just got off the phone with coach Petersen," Simmons said on Saturday afternoon. "He's actually up in New York for the Heisman ceremony but I wanted to let him know I wanted to go to Boise. He said he was excited to have me on board and welcomed me to the team."
With Peterson in New York to support his quarterback Kellen Moore, a Heisman finalist, he has had a chance to talk to another finalist in Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton. Newton played at Blinn a year ago and knows Simmons well.
"Coach Peterson told me he had talked to Cam about me," Simmons said. "Cam told him that I was a really good player and I worked hard and everything. After that, coach Peterson knew he wanted to offer me for sure."
Though the head coach is not currently in town, Simmons has still had a chance to take in the school and environment.
"I really like it up here," he said. "I've really liked looking around everywhere and just familiarizing myself with the campus. I like the facilities but that's not what matters to me. Facilities don't make the player. It's a great program and it's somewhere I will only get better."
Simmons, originally from Spring Westfield High School in Houston, was not alone in his Texas roots on campus. He has had a chance to hang out with several other players from the Lone Star State.
"I've talked to George Iloka a lot," he said. "He's from Houston like I am. He went to Kempner. There's another guy from Kempner named "Q" (Quaylon Ewing) up here too. I already know Brenel Myers since he's from my high school and we played together in high school. It's nice knowing some other players already."
Simmons is a December graduate and expects to sign his National Letter-of-Intent with Boise State later this month. The three-star prospect plans to enroll in January and will have three years to play two. Though he played outside linebacker for Blinn, he is slated to play rover at Boise State.