July 22, 2009

Atlanta cornerback talks MSU visit

Atlanta's Westlake High School has one of the most dangerous secondaries in the country.

Opposing offenses have to contend with two Division-I caliber cornerbacks in four-star Darius Robinson on one side and Eric Simmons patrolling the other.

Simmons offered some advice to opposing offenses in Class AAAAA.

"Everybody looks at me and thinks I am a big corner," Simmons said. "Now that (Robinson) has moved to safety it's made things hard on offenses. It's fun playing with Darius because they try not to go to his side a lot. If they want to try to win the game they'd better not throw to Darius. I think they would rather try me then Darius."

But Simmons could be baiting a trap, setting himself up for a monster senior season. The 6-foot-0, 180-pounder has 4.4 speed to keep up with any receiver and his 36-inch vertical gives him an opportunity to climb the ladder on anyone he covers.

Simmons, Robinson along with Westlake teammates Tony Jacob and Michael Taylor all made a visit to Mississippi State several weeks ago to check out the Bulldogs campus. Simmons gave the trip a raving review.

"My visit to Mississippi State was real great," Simmons said. "I had heard that there was nothing to do down there but there is a lot to do down there. We went with some of the players around and they showed us what to be doing and what they have to do around the city. It was real nice. The campus was real nice too. I liked all the facilities - where the coaches offices are, the weight room, the two locker rooms that they have and the jumbotron they have is big."

Simmons was invited back for the Big Dawgs Camp on Friday but is still unsure if he can make it. He stated that he was trying to come but is still talking things over with his father.

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