The Georgia Bulldogs extended an offer to McEachern High School wide receiver, Tyler Simmons (Powder Springs, GA) last week. The 5’11, 184 pound, speedster was happy to get the offer, but is as even-keeled as it comes where his overall enthusiasm is concerned—though the home state Bulldogs already have made a strong impression on his mom; she’d certainly like to see her son play close to home.
“I’ve always lived in Georgia,” Simmons said. “I’ve never really been a Georgia fan, but I do know they have always been a powerhouse most of the time and they put a lot of people in the NFL. They run a pretty dominant offense, which would be great for a receiver. It’s in my home state too so my parents and family could come see me play. My mom said it would be a great fit for me and she would love to be able to see me play in college.” (Dan McDonald, Rivals)
Initially, Simmons was targeted as a defensive player (cornerback), but his desire to play on the offensive side of the ball could be a factor in his recruitment—especially since Georgia is also recruiting Bailey Hockman,his current signal caller for their 2017 class—and he’s not shy about saying as much.
“I’d rather play offense,” Simmons said. “I haven’t played defense since the 9th grade.” (Dan McDonald, Rivals)
If that preference remains, Simmons should be able to get his wish without much debate; the Georgia Bulldogs appreciate speed—on both sides of the ball—and Simmons has plenty of value as a special teams guy as well, so if he chooses to stay at wide receiver, then Georgia could definitely find a spot for him.
The first thing that jumps out at you, after viewing some of his film, is his speed. He simply blazes, with the ball in his hands, and once he reaches that top end, there aren’t too many who’ll be able to catch up to him. Even more than that, despite his height, he’s a tough guy to bring down. He’s willing fight for every yard he gets, after the catch and, if necessary, he knows how to break a tackle or two in order to gain that crucial first down.
He runs good routes and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty as a blocker, and as a slot guy, he can maneuver through would-be tacklers to find space and make the big play.
As of right now, he’s not sporting a ton of high-profile offers, but he’s going to find himself on a lot of radars if he has a good season—currently McEachern has a ton of big-time prospects and Simmons could find himself in front of plenty of interested eyes on Friday nights with Hockman tossing the ball his way. If he does well, then he could certainly rise up on a few more boards and that will make for plenty of competition for the Dawgs on down the line.
In the meantime, Simmons isn’t sweating it much, he’s just ready to play some ball.
…I want to be able to start early, have a great coaching staff, and be somewhere that feels like home. I don’t mind distance, so that’s not a big factor right now. I just want somewhere I can be athletically and academically successful. (Dan McDonald, Rivals)