West Charlotte running back Jalen Simmons, who had been committed to Duke, said this afternoon that he will attend South Carolina State instead.
"I'd like to thank them [Duke] for giving me a chance to play for them," Simmons said. "Things just didn't work out."
Simmons is rated as a three-star prospect by scout.com. His teammate from West Charlotte, linebacker Britton Grier, remains committed to the Blue Devils.
At S.C. State, Simmons said, he hopes to have an opportunity for immediate playing time.
"It's a family down there, with great coaches," he said, "and I feel like I can do great things."