It has not been a great week for Michigan State Spartans athletics, as MSU was dominated by Wisconsin on the football field, and the hoops team lost the commitment of four-star point guard Jalen Terry, but we do have some good news:
2020 Three-star running back Jordon Simmons announced his commitment to to the Spartans last night.
Running back is a huge position of need for the Spartans in the future. While Elijah Collins is going to be around for the next couple of years, the team recently lost both Connor Heyward and La’Darius Jefferson to the transfer portal (as well as former running back/converted receiver Weston Bridges). MSU also didn’t have a running back commit in the 2020 class prior to Simmons’ announcement. The class now stands at 15 players total.
Simmons hails from Powder Springs, Georgia out McEachern High School. According to the 247Sports Composite, he is ranked as the No. 39 running back in the country, and the No. 57 player in the state of Georgia. Simmons is also listed nationally at No. 586, regardless of position.
Simmons officially visited campus during homecoming weekend and watched MSU’s victory against Indiana in person. The Spartans initially offered the running back in December 2018.
Michigan State was far from the only school to offer Simmons a scholarship. He has an impressive list of schools who vied for his services, including LSU, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Oregon, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Louisville, Kentucky, Colorado, Arkansas, West Virginia and many more. His list was narrowed down to 10 in July, but Mark Dantonio and the Spartans were able to win out against high competition.
Simmons is listed at either 5-feet-10-inches or 5-feet-11-inches tall and 180-185 pounds (depending on what source you’re looking at). According to his verified athletic profile on 247Sports, he ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash and 4.24 seconds 20-yard shuffle at the Opening Regional in March. His Hudl account, however, states that Simmons runs as fast as a 4.41-second 40-yard dash. As a junior, Simmons was responsible for 1,800 all-purpose yards and 22 total touchdowns.
Check out Simmons’ junior highlights below: