Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Former Duke commit headed to S.C. State

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."

Ken Tysiac

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

great place for him,,never thought Duke would be a good fit,,,good kid

MichaelProcton said...

Didn't work out. Too bad he didn't commit to Clemson or North Carolina. I'm sure they would have overlooked his academic inadequacies.

Anonymous said...

support this yonng man don't hate. He will have a great college career at S.C.Sate

Anonymous said...

Nice kid, from what I understand academics was not the issue.

Anonymous said...

S.C. State is a DI-AA. He still has to meet the same NCAA requirements SAT/ACT and GPA as DI-A. Now, I understand that they backed off and not because of grades. It is called Taller, Bigger, and Faster RB.

Anonymous said...

@MichaelProcton go play in traffic...this is a bright young brother. Usually when a 3-star type player de-commits it's bc the school found a better prospect.

sigmaraw said...

So Michael you are saying that Clemson and Carolina take anybody? Or are you saying you don't know what you are talking about? This young man has worked hard to be the player he is and has qualified to go to any school he please thru the NCAA clearinghouse. So think before you speak.

Anonymous said...

I am not questioning the young man’s character or academic ability, but I do question his choice of school. Statistically, it is unlikely that he, or most college football players, will sign a pro football contract upon completion of his NCAA eligibility. If possesses the wherewithal to go to Duke, why not choose a more academically rigorous, more prestigious school and get the most out his scholarship. If he wants to attend an HBCU, why not consider Moorehouse.

Anonymous said...

I know this young man and he is a VERY good kid. I wish he would've gone to Virginia State. My alma mater. (runner up to Shaw in the CIAA championship last year) I'm just extremely happy that he is going to a College. Good luck Scoot!

big BG said...

most of you dont know what happend he will be fine good luck scoot

C.Bax said...

It doesnt mattter what school he is going to. Lets just be happy for him that he is going to college period. Congrats and good luck Scoot.

Anonymous said...

Scoot is a good kid. He is going to a school that has good academics and a tremendous football tradition. I wish more of the 3-5 star kids would go to HBCUs so they experience being around people who care for there well-being AND get an education.