April 4, 2007

Stud DB visits Clemson Wednesday

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College Park (GA) Banneker defensive back Darrell Simmons spent the afternoon in Clemson on an unofficial visit Tuesday.

"I came in around 1 p.m. with two of my coaches and three of my friends," Simmons told Tigerillustrated.com Tuesday evening. "We went to the academic center and toured the locker rooms."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety prospect then joined the Tiger defensive backs in a positional meeting with coordinator Vic Koenning.

"I learned some stuff that I never knew before," the standout admitted. "Coach Vic is real good."

Defensive line coach Chris Rumph is recruiting the athlete out of the Peach State.

"He's an outgoing, funny guy," noted Simmons.

What were his overall impressions of Clemson?

"We went to the scrimmage and James Davis stood out, so did one of their defensive ends and another one of their running backs," he noted.

"I talked with coach (Tommy) Bowden and he likes my size and thinks I should come play for him," Simmons continued. "I've been down there before - our team was in a 7-on-7 passing camp there last year, but this was my first (unofficial) visit there."

The talented defensive back has 14 offers already and gave Tigerillustrated.com his early top seven of schools that have given tenders.

"Alabama, Florida, Auburn, Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia and Clemson would be (my favorites that have offered)," he listed.

The athletic safety expressed what stands out about each of the programs.

Alabama - "Just coach Nick Saban and how he personally coaches the defensive backs."

Florida - "Their winning tradition and they have a nice engineering program, that's what I want to major in."

Auburn - "Nice coaches and they were the first to offer."

Michigan - "I've always wanted to play at Michigan."

Tennessee - "Their coaches are cool and my boy Eric Berry goes there."

Georgia - "An instate school that's not far away - you can't beat that and they have a good football team."

Clemson - "I like their coaches, their players and they have nice facilities."

Simmons has been to Alabama, Florida and Clemson, and plans to return to Tuscaloosa for the Tide's Spring Game as well as making a trip to Tennessee soon, too.

He'll be in attendance at the Nike Camp in Athens, Georgia on April 21.

In his junior season, the physical safety recorded 89 tackles with an interception. As a quarterback, he amassed over 1,600 yards of total offense.

Clemson is no stranger to College Park, as two years ago the Tigers went into Banneker and signed coveted defensive back - athlete Ray Ray McElrathbey.

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