With a state championship under his belt, Jeremy Simmons is now focusing on his recruitment. The 6-foot-7 forward from Tucker (Ga.) High School has four schools on his short list and he has a visit on the horizon.
Simmons helped his Tucker squad claim the 4A state championship last month with a big win over Columbia High School, who was nationally ranked at the time of the game. With the dust settled from the monumental victory, Simmons is trying to find a place to call home next year.
Simmons, a three-star prospect, visited Ball State last weekend. He told Rivals.com in the past that he was close to signing with the school during the fall.
"It went pretty good," Simmons said. "But I still want to explore my options. I'm still going to consider them. I didn't know what to expect and it was better than I thought I was going to be. But I want to see what else is out there and not rush any kind of decisions."
Simmons will visit College of Charleston on the weekend of April 6.
"Honestly, I didn't know anything about them but I've done some research on them and getting to know coach Cremins has been good. I'm looking forward to seeing the school. Coach Cremins seems to do a really good job with his players."
Tulane and Providence are next on the visit list, he said. Tulane has a distinct advantage over the other schools on his list.
"My family all lives their and it could end up being a good place for me to play because I'll have people around me," Simmons said. "They've been recruiting me since the beginning of last year, too. They've been keeping up with me. I'm going to visit them. I might just be good for me to be around my family."
Providence is in the highest level conference of the schools recruiting him and Simmons said that is something to think about.
"That's the first thing they told me – it's the Big East and I could have a chance to play there. That's something that I'll have to consider," he said.
Can anyone else crack his favorites list?
"I'm pretty happy with these four," Simmons said.