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Simmons Picks Vanderbilt Over Rutgers, B.C.

South County senior defensive back Andre Simmons has orally committed to play college football at Vanderbilt.

Simmons, who made his decision public today in front of a crowd of family, friends and teammates, officially ended a recruitment in which he entered the season with eight Division I offers from programs like Rutgers, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia.

"I had areally good time when I went down there, and I just felt it was the best place for me, education-wise," said Simmons. "I know they don't have a lot of depth [at defensive back], and they were talking about letting me step right in. But if I can't I'll red-shirt and learn the system."AndreSimmons.jpeg

Yesterday, prior to his team's 7-6 loss to Annandale, South County Coach Pete Bendorf told me Simmons had narrowed his list to Rutgers, Boston College and Vanderbilt.

Simmons is a cerebral safety who gets South County lined up in all of their formations. He's got a 3.8 grade point average and 1280 on his SAT, according to Bendorf. In addition to his speed and ability to elevate, Simmons was a heart-throb among college recruiters because of his ability to set up defensive schemes. He's a coach on the field, according to Bendorf, who allows Simmons to make the calls at times during games.

By B.J. Koubaroulis  |  September 18, 2009; 3:05 PM ET
Categories:  AA Dulles , AAA Concorde District , AAA Liberty District , AAA National District , AAA Patriot District , South County  
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