Profile: Jahvoni Simmons
Ranking:Four-star; 4th position rank, 98th overall.
Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark
"Landing Jahvoni is huge for coach Mike London and Virginia. After signing three of top prospects in the Tidewater area last year, it is important for the Cavaliers to continue to land big-time prospects in that part of the state, and Simmons is definitely one those. Now that he is committed, look for him to be become a great recruiter for the Cavaliers.
"On the field, Simmons is a leader and a tremendous football player. He is a strong, physical, athletic linebacker. Simmons has great instincts and a high football I.Q. I expect him to contribute right away in Charlottesville and ultimately become one of the better defensive players in the ACC."
Simmons jumped on to the scene after having a breakout sophomore campaign. In-state schools, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion jumped at the chance to offer the four-star right out of the gates. And since then, the Cavaliers had cemented a great relationship with the Ocean Lakes star.
However, after his junior season things really exploded for Simmons. Well into double-digit offers, the Ocean Lakes linebacker picked up offers from Michigan State, Clemson, Wisconsin and Alabama just to name a few. The Tigers were one school Simmons had once called a “dream offer” and he even visited Death Valley in the spring. However, there was only one visit he needed to take before his announcement and that was to Virginia. With his last visit, Mike London answered all his concerns and made his pledge to UVa.
"UVa is UVa,” said Simmons previously to Scout.com “They're struggling right now, but I definitely feel at home there. I feel like I can be just as comfortable there as I am at my high school."
"The defense I am in now, I am the quarterback of the defense. It's perfect," he explained. "I am pretty sure I can fit in with that style of play that they (UVa) run."
This is a big get for London and his staff. As mentioned earlier by Michael Clark, with Simmons’ commitment the UVa staff continues to establish a great connection in the Tidewater area and at Ocean Lakes High School-home to four-star 2016 cornerback Levonta Taylor, 2018 quarterback Tyler DeSue, 2015 defensive back Jahque Alleyne, just to name a few.
But on the field, Simmons is a great addition for a position of need for the Wahoos. Virginia will lose Daquan Romero and Henry Coley to graduation this season. Coley in particular will be a huge piece leaving, a guy that has really embraced his new role as the “quarterback” of the defense under defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta. Simmons could well fit right into that slot once Coley leaves. Simmons also joins three-star West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West linebacker C.J. Stalker and Washington (D.C.) Wilson linebacker Kareem McDonald in this class. Stalker is more built for middle linebacker, so the fight between Simmons and him for the role will certainly be interesting once the both arrive in Charlottesville.
UVa will hold off recruiting middle linebackers in this class, and will concentrate their efforts on bringing in five-star outside linebacker Ricky DeBerry.