This past weekend was a good one for Paul Johnson's Yellow Jackets; they defeated Pitt 21-10, Virginia Tech and Miami both lost (which keeps Georgia Tech in contention for the Coastal Division crown). And another recruit - defensive end Antonio Simmons - committed to the program.
Simmons, who plays his prep ball for Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian, looks to be a solid pick-up, too. At 6-4, 210 pounds, the three-star DE has speed to burn and a solid frame capable of carrying additional weight. He was actually in Atlanta to watch the Yellow Jackets win over Pitt - his first ever trip to the school's campus - and that was all he needed to see. The following day, he committed.
He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I love the players, the coaches, the environment and the fans. I just felt like I was at home there.”
247Sports.com has Simmons, a member of the class of 2014, rated as the No. 6 weak-side defensive end in the nation, and as the No. 172 player in the talent-rich state of Florida.
Outside of Georgia Tech, Simmons had scholarship offers from South Florida, Central Florida, and Air Force. According to the AJC, though, several ACC and SEC schools - N.C. State, Florida State, Florida and Auburn - were expressing high levels of interest.
Simmons' commitment - the 19th of Johnson's 2014 class - appears to be a solid one, too. He told Michael Carvell of the AJC: “Recruiting is over for me. I’m not messing with it anymore. I feel like I’ve found the right place with Georgia Tech.”
While he plays on both sides of the ball for University Christian - he lines up at wide receiver and tight end for their offense- you can certainly expect Simmons to utilized on Ted Roof's defense when Simmons arrives in the 404.
In fact, the Yellow Jackets coaching staff see Simmons as a long-term replacement for their soon departing senior pass-rushing maven Jeremiah Attaochu. That isn't light praise, either. Attaochu played fabulously against Pitt - recording two sacks, which inspired Simmons: "I really like how Jeremiah plays and that is my style of play. I got to hang with him some and with Marcus Allen after the game and they told me about all the great things Georgia Tech has to offer."
For highlights of Simmons in action, check here.