February 2, 2011

A new chapter begins for Simmons

White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac ultra quick defensive terror Donnie Simmons is one of the hidden gems of the Syracuse recruiting class. Like many of his future teammates Simmons is eager to sign his letter of intent on Wednesday.

"It feels great to be at the end of the process. All of the stress is dropping off of my shoulders as far as all of the forms I have to fill out, all the NCAA rules, the applications, and all that. Now that I can sign I know officially where I am going and when I sign those papers I know that I am going to a great University."

When it came time for Simmons to join the Orange it was because of the direction they were headed under Doug Marrone.

"They have made a great step going from last year to this year. Coach Marrone is trying to change the program around so that we can be good on the field and academically. It is just a great system that they have there."

The two star prospect knows that Syracuse is on the way up and he hopes to contribute in many ways, but two stick out for him.

"When I get to Syracuse I hope to contribute a lot of athleticism and leadership to the team," Simmons said. "I am just really looking forward to another chapter in my life starting and trying to be the best football player/student that I can be."

It is important to have a prospect come from a winning program to ensure that their future program has that same mind set and that is exactly how Simmons will be thinking as he heads to Syracuse.

"This past season for my school was phenomenal we beat every team and we were one of the best Stepinac teams to ever play. I feel like that was a great accomplishment. I had about 110 tackles, 10 sacks, and interception for a touchdown, a kick return for a touchdown, and a rushing touchdown."

Those numbers that the Empire State product had led him to a few post season honors.

"Recently I got named to the All-Metro Team, All-City, First Team All-State, Number one player in Westchester County, and I got the top defender in the CHSFL."

As for what the fans of Syracuse could see on the field is a defensive end who loves to get after the opposing quarterback.

"I will be great on third and long, I will make it hard for the opposing quarterback to make a play because I will always be in his face."

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