George Washington High School safety Syhiem Simmons made his commitment to Rutgers University official today, signing his National Letter of Intent.
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Simmons announced his commitment just a few days ago on January 29th, choosing Rutgers over his other offers from schools such as West Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Mississippi State.
Syhiem Simmons is a 3-star recruit, according to 247 Sports, and a great late addition to the class of 2017. He is ranked as the 6th best safety in the state of Alabama, according to Scout.
The talented safety is heading back home to New Jersey where he started his high school career at Hudson Catholic before playing his senior season in Alabama. Once he heads back north to Rutgers, Simmons will be a weapon for Coach Ash on the defensive side of the ball.
A versatile athlete with good size (6’1”, 200lbs), Simmons best projects as a hard-hitting strong safety, although he played linebacker in high school and was also being recruited as a running back. Simmons’ flexibility on defense presents an interesting thought to him possibly growing into a weakside coverage linebacker down the road.
Either way, Simmons brings toughness and tenacity to the Scarlet Knight defense.
Freshman Impact Index: Simmons is on the lower end of the rankings when it comes to defensive back commits, so common sense would suggest he is further away from seeing the field in game action. However, Simmons’ physicality and aggressiveness could make him a dark horse candidate to become an impact true freshman.
Check out Syhiem’s season highlights here:
Welcome to the Banks, Syhiem!
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