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High school

My school: Fort Pierce (Florida) Central.

Positions: middle linebacker and outside linebacker.

This week: Fort Pierce Central takes a 4-0 record into Friday’s game against Treasure Coast.

Rankings: A three-star prospect according to Rivals.com, Simons is the No. 29 inside linebacker prospect in the country.

Highlight play: “I have a lot of great plays. My sophomore year I decleated the quarterback, and one of those plays went viral. It was a big-time hit.”

Other sport: track.

The college life

Projected positions at NU: outside linebacker and middle linebacker.

First contact with the Huskers: “Coach Brian Stewart, when he moved from Maryland and transferred to Nebraska, he still recruited me.”

My final schools: was previously committed to Miami.

Date committed: June 25.

The moment I knew I wanted to be a Husker …: “I took an unofficial visit for Big Red Weekend, and I just fell in love with the place.”

If I wrote my recruiting profile

Ht.: 6-foot-1

Wt.: 220 pounds

My Hudl highlights (18,900 views): Simmons’ video introduction says that he is a “3rd Generation DE.”

“My father’s father played D-end, my father played D-end, and I played D-end. Now that I play linebacker, maybe I’ll have to update that,” he said.

Quick hits

On his official visit to Lincoln for the Nebraska-BYU game: “I liked the atmosphere and how the people live for the game of football and how the whole town just shuts down. I was on the field for the Hail Mary. It was a great play. That play still hurts me today.”

On his favorite defensive players of all-time: “The one that really motivated me was Sean Taylor, (who played for Washington’s NFL team and died in 2007), just how he got around the ball and his natural instinct. He played real-man football and I really liked his physicality. My current player has got to be Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss D-tackle). I like his physicality and his will to not be stopped. He’s unstoppable, and that’s how I try to play football.”

— Brent C. Wagner

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Nebraska's 2016 recruits

A closer look at Nebraska's recruiting class for 2016.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School)
Quayshon Alexander LB 6-3 230 Wayne, N.J. (De Paul Catholic)
DiCaprio Bootle CB 5-11 175 Miami, Fla. (Southridge)
Bryan Brokop OL 6-5 280 New Lenox, Ill. (Lincoln-Way West)
Marquel Dismuke DB 6-2 170 Calabasas, Calif.
JoJo Domann LB 6-1 210 Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek)
Patrick O'Brien QB 6-3 230 San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (San Juan Hills)
John Raridon OL 6-4 270 West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley)
Greg Simmons LB 6-2 225 Fort Pierce, Fla. (Central)
JD Spielman ATH 5-8 175 Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Ben Stille DE 6-4 230 Ashland-Greenwood
Jack Stoll TE 6-5 225 Aurora, Colo. (Regis Jesuit)
Boe Wilson OL 6-2 280 Lee's Summit, Mo. (West)
Derrion Grim WR 5-11 190 Stockton, Calif.
Tre Bryant RB 5-10 198 St. Louis, Mo.
Caleb Lighbourn P/K 6-2 215 Camas, Wash.
Tony Butler DB 6-2 197 Lakewood, Ohio (St. Edward)
Pernell Jefferson LB 6-2 236 New Orleans, La. (Warren Easton)
Collin Miller DE 6-3 235 Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeast)
Matt Farniok OT 6-5 320 Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington)
David Engelhaupt TE 6-4 235 Norfolk Catholic
Lamar Jackson CB 6-2 205 Elk Grove, Calif. (Franklin)

Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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