Syracuse, NY -- The Orange have received another verbal commitment for its class of 2011, as Donnie Simmons, a defensive end from Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains plans to attend Syracuse University.
Simmons was listed as 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, although some recruiting sites have him a little smaller and lighter.
His coach at Stepinac, Mike O'Donnell, said Simmons is closer to 6-2 and 225, but should continue to grow.
"I could see him playing in college at 250, and maybe growing another inch," he said. "He definitely has the frame to fill out.
"He's very, very quick," said O'Donnell, adding that Simmons was clocked at 4.59 seconds during a recent football camp.
In addition to being the defensive MVP for the 8-3 Crusaders last season, Simmons was also named to the all-league team for the Catholic High School Football League in metropolitan New York City, and he was runner-up for defensive MVP in the CHSFL, O'Donnell said.
The coach added that Simmons has "freak strength" for his size. "People bounce off of him," he said.
At the Penn State Nike Football Camp in early May, Simmons was named a "Sleeper Who Emerged" by ESPN's Rise magazine.
Simmons joins Virginia defenve back Jaston George, Cornwall running back/defensive back Tyree Smallwood and Gaineville, Fla., tight end Louie Addazio as those who've made non-binding verbal pledges to the Orange.
Simmons also had offers from Akron University, Fordham and Delaware, O'Donnell said, adding that Rutgers and Temple were also interested.
His coach said Simmons is also a solid citizen and works hard in the classroom.
"You're not going to find a better kid," O'Donnell said.