Syhiem Simmons, an athlete from George Washington Carver High School in Alabama, is coming home.
The 3-star safety earned a scholarship offer as a junior at Hudson Catholic in Jersey City, NJ before moving down south for his senior season. While Rutgers always seemed to be the front runner to land Simmons, he also attracted offers from the likes of West Virginia, Mississippi State, Syracuse and Temple.
Simmons was a hard-hitting linebacker in high school as well as a running back, but he projects as a safety at the next level. Listed with good size at six-foot-one, 200 pounds, Simmons is a 3-star safety, according to Scout.com.
Whether Syhiem Simmons ends up as a linebacker of safety remains to be seen, although his “tweener” size and skill set could play as a weakside linebacker in a 4-3 defense. Simmons’ versatility is so impressive that, according to NJ.com’s Todderick Hunt, contributing on the offensive side of the ball may not be out of the question.
I'd assume Simmons is prob a LB at RU, but could also help bridge gap at RB depending on whether staff is able to bring 1 or 2 in or not.— Todderick Hunt (@TodderickHunt) January 29, 2017
Some teams even like Simmons better as a ball carrier. Shows just how diverse he is. Can fill lots of needs.— Todderick Hunt (@TodderickHunt) January 29, 2017
Wherever Simmons contributes as a Scarlet Knight, it will feature a much-welcomed display of athleticism and physicality.
Welcome to the banks, Syhiem!