It was Steve Sarkisian and the Texas Longhorns who prevailed and a two-horse race for one of the top defenders in the 2024, landing five-star EDGE Collin Simmons over LSU.
Simmons, listed at 6-3, 225 pounds, is the No. 5 player in the nation according to Rivals.com, and the No. 1 EDGE in the 2024 class. Set to play his senior year at Duncanville High School, Simmons is also touted as the No. 1 player in the state of Texas.
With the Longhorns set to transition into the SEC in 2024, this was a huge win for UT, getting Simmons over virtually everyone who’s anyone in the world of recruiting.
With 44 offers listed, including programs like Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Texas A&M, Simmons could’ve gone anywhere in the country, but decided to stay in his home state.
“Life after football, networking, and family,” Simmons told On3 as to why Texas was the choice. “Being able to take care of my family is the most important thing to me.”
“I’m closest with coach Sark, coach Banks, and coach Bo Davis. Honestly, they want me to come make an impact freshman year. They need me at the position. I’m coming home to make a statement headed into the SEC.”
Simmons gives Texas its first five-star commitment for the class of 2024, and its 16th overall pledge for the cycle. Currently ranked 17th nationally and ninth in the SEC, Texas is starting to pick up some steam on the trail heading into the 2023 season.