Isaiah Simmons may live in a Kansas City suburb on the Kansas side of the city. That's not to say he's out of the way as far as the high school football world is concerned. Olathe (Kan.) North High school has produced its share of high-level FBS prospects, and it seems as though Simmons, a 6-foot-3 safety may be the next in line.
Scholarship offers from Missouri and Kansas are already in place. No pecking order exists, as the2016 prospect is still in the early stages of exploring his options. Still, there's reason to think that, at least for now, one program holds a built-in advantage.
"Everything is even right now," Simmons said. I don't like one more than the other. I know a lot more about KU, though, because my brother goes there. I don't know as much about Mizzou.
Simmons' brother, Victor, is a current member of the KU football team and his involvement in the process is what you'd expect. The interested-yet-passive sibling is a recruiting trope that has been hashed out thousands of times.
"He wants me to go KU, of course, but he also wants me to do what's best for me," Simmons said of his brother.
Being unable to take many official visits this offseason has put Simmons behind when it comes to doing research on the schools interested in his services. Despite being in possession of an offer, he admittedly knows little about the Missouri's program.
That said, the Tigers' first impression was solid. The early stages of a personal relationship are in place.
"It's Coach Andy Hill recruiting me to Mizzou," Simmons said. He's a really nice guy. I like him a lot.
For now, Simmons' recruiting checklist sounds like that of every other prospect. As the process wears on, things may change. What important to him for the time being, however, isn't exactly dog bites man.
"I'm gonna make sure that everything is right academically," Simmons said. "I also want to make sure that I like the facilities and like the program."
In addition to being a high-level football prospect, Simmons also captured a 6A state title in the long jump as a sophomore. He plays both safety and wide receiver for north, which finished last season with an 8-4 record.