Simmons Sizzles at Combine

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Landstown (Virginia Beach, VA) star linebacker Deveon Simmons has received 17 scholarship offers thus far, with the most recent coming from SEC powers Florida and Georgia. During the Virginia Beach combine earlier this week, he showed why he has received so many offers.

“At the combine I ran a 4.39 in the 40 and I bench pressed 185 pounds 16 times,” Simmons said. Size-wise, Simmons says he is currently 6-0, 208 pounds. “4.39 is the fastest time I have ever run. It wasn’t the fastest time there though. A player from Bayside High School beat me.”

According to Simmons, schools that were on hand to see the combine included Nebraska, Michigan, NC State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, and Georgia. All of these programs, with the exception of Michigan, have offered Simmons.

As a junior last year, the first-team Group AAA all-state performer totaled 91 tackles including 42 tackles-for-loss and six sacks from the middle linebacker position. Landstown Head Coach Chris Beatty says the one thing that stands out the most about Deveon is his explosiveness.

“Deveon is about the most explosive player on defense I’ve ever seen,” Beatty said in an interview earlier this year. “When he hits people, he runs through them. He covers so much ground and he has unbelievable instincts that you just can’t teach. He also has tremendous athletic ability. Nebraska’s coach called him a Lawrence Taylor-type player. He’s obviously not as big, but he makes the same type of plays sideline to sideline as well as getting to the quarterback.”

Deveon believes his primary strength is “that I see plays really fast.” His combination of speed, vision, and explosiveness have colleges wanting him on defense (even though he plays offense too), however there is a mix of schools who want him as a safety and others who want him as a linebacker. Position does not matter to Simmons, who says “as long as I get on the field, I don’t care where I play.”

Currently, Simmons does not name any favorite schools among his 17 offers. Instead he is focusing on raising his grades to put himself in a position to qualify next year.

“No sir, I don’t have any favorites,” Simmons said. “I’m focusing on school right now. I do have to work on my grades. I think they are really coming on now though. I’m going to summer school too. I’m going to take the SAT for

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