Virginia Tech landed one of its top targets on the defensive side of the ball today, when Landstown High School (Virginia Beach, VA) four-star talent Deveon Simmons chose Tech over a slew of other major Division I-A scholarship offers. Simmons committed earlier this morning per Landstown Head Coach Chris Beatty.
“He actually just committed to Virginia Tech about an hour ago,” Beatty said. “He liked their scheme for one thing. The Virginia Tech coaches did a great job recruiting him. Almost every coach had a hand in his recruitment. It was a true collaborative effort. Plus, there are a lot of kids from the Virginia Beach/Tidewater area down there. This is where he really wanted to go, so he wanted to go ahead and make his commitment.”
Simmons becomes the 8th commitment in Virginia Tech’s 2005 recruiting class. A linebacker in high school, he will likely play the Rover position for Virginia Tech.
“I think they are going to try and play him at Rover,” Beatty said. “It’s kind of a hybrid safety position, and I think he’s a good fit for it. He’s a good fit for what they are trying to do. Virginia Tech made him feel wanted.”
As a junior last season, the hard-hitting Simmons tallied 91 tackles, 42 tackles-for-loss, and six sacks, earning first-team AP Group AAA all-state honors for his performance. He is rated the number four overall prospect in the TSL Top 30.
Academically, Coach Beatty acknowledged earlier this year that Deveon had some work to do in order to qualify. Simmons worked hard during his final semester as a junior and continues to do so this summer.
“He’s improving,” Beatty said. “He’s taking courses now, and if he keeps doing what he’s been doing, he’ll be OK.”
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