Top Texas Linebacker Commits To Cowboys

Ryan Simmons

As rumored during the Oklahoma State Cowboys monster recruiting visit weekend, linebacker Ryan Simmons of Cibolo (Steele), Texas, has committed to Oklahoma State.

"Yes sir," said Simmons, who is 6-1, 218 pounds and has made more than 280 tackles over the past two seasons and was really the MVP of Steele's win over Denton Guyer in the Class 5A Division II state championship game.

"I did commit to Oklahoma State this weekend. It was really what I wanted in a school, and this weekend I was able to see everything from the Business school to the football facilities. I have really had a great relationship all along with the coaches, especially Coach (Glenn) Spencer.

"This is the best decision for me," said Simmons.

Simmons is really a tremendous player as he has already been named to the APSE 2010 Texas All-State Team. He was also named first team All-District 5A-25 and the Defensive MVP. Simmons had 132 tackles to go with his 151 from last season. He also had five interceptions including the one he had that set up a score in the state championship. He had four fumble recoveries too.

He had a chance to see Oklahoma State practice in San Antonio near his home during the Alamo Bowl week before the Cowboys 36-10 win over Arizona.

"I wasn't able to tell that much because I didn't see the whole practice and you couldn't speak much with the coaches, but I was able to see how they do things and work in practice," said Simmons. "This weekend and the visit was more important, and I got to see more."

He said he knows he wantds to major in Business, but is not sure just what yet. He loved the academics and the support.

"The football facilities are the best anywhere," said Simmons. "I also liked the players. My host was Daytawion Lowe, and I got to see J.W. Walsh and the other two commitments from Denton Guyer (players he played against in the state championship game)."

As for the level of his commitment, Simmons made that clear.

"I've had eight months to check out schools and find out everything I could about them and find the best option for me," he said. "This is definitely the place for me and I have made my decision and I am not going to be de-committing. I am positive about what I am doing."

Add a key linebacker to the class as Simmons is really a standout prospect. Talking with Greg Powers of Scout, Simmons is expected to move up the ranks when the latest rankings come out sometime next week.

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