Simmons to Penn State could be problematic for Terps football

Quince Orchard defensive tackle Adam McLean cannot sign a letter of intent until February, but the rising senior orally committed to Penn State in April because he wanted to help the Nittany Lions build their 2015 recruiting class.

Now, DeMatha rising junior defensive end Shane Simmons is doing something similar, which could be problematic for Maryland.


Simmons, one of top-rated members of the class of 2016, orally committed to Penn State today at DeMatha Catholic High School.

The reason for doing so this early? Because, like McLean, he wanted to help influence other local and national members of his recruiting class to whichever school he chose.

After making his announcement, Simmons was asked by an ESPN.com analyst whether he plans to help Penn State with recruiting.

"Yes. Of course," Simmons said while smiling. "I'm trying to help win a championship here."

That recruiting has already started.

Including Simmons, DeMatha has four rising juniors whom ESPN rates as four-star prospects. Simmons said he has already begun making his Penn State pitch to four-star tackle J.P. Urquidez as well as four-star guard Terrance Davis, two of his good friends on DeMatha. He said he has also already started talking about Penn State to Bullis quarterback Dwayne Haskins, whom ESPN rates as the second-best pocket passer in the class of 2016.

Simmons said he will reach out to more class of 2016 prospects once the season starts.

Maryland was in Simmons' top five, but Simmons said he has been talking to McLean about Penn State since the two attended a camp together in April. Simmons said he then made the decision to commit to Penn State after a recent trip to the campus and after more pushing from McLean.

Now, he will try to help sell Penn State to other recruits the way McLean helped sell it to him, which could work against Maryland as the Terps try to land some of those other top local recruits.

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