On3 5-Star Countdown: No. 12 EDGE Colin Simmons

On3 imageby:Collin Ginnan11/20/23


On3 has updated its recruiting ranking for the 2024 class following the completion of the high school regular season for prospects. Duncanville (Texas) five-star EDGE and Texas commit Colin Simmons is the No. 12 overall prospect in the 2024 On300.

The latest edition of On3’s 2024 rankings features 20 five-star players, up one from the previous update in September. Of those 20 prospects, 19 are already committed to college programs. While some recruits may have played their last down as a high schooler, evaluations — both in-person and on tape — are far from over.

This latest ranking sets the table for the important final ranking in January 2024. That last update comes after postseason all-star games, where top prospects across the country face off during a week of practices and end with games in Orlando and San Antonio. Following those evaluations, the 2024 On300 will finish with 32 five-star prospects.

The 6-foot-2.5, 225-pound Simmons committed to Texas over LSU in early August.

“When it came down to it, I just had to think about family and what’s best for my family,” Simmons told On3. “What’s the best position my family can be put in, and Texas is the best that is.”

Simmons also noted his relationship with defensive coordinator coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski.

“Coach PK, man, he’s a play-caller,” Simmons said. “He knows how to run them plays up. Especially at that ‘Bama game when Texas was stopping Alabama in the fourth quarter. I like PK.”

Colin Simmons Scouting Summary

On3 Director of Scouting and Rankings Charles Power writes this about him as a prospect:

“Speed rushing dynamo who stars for one of the top high school programs in Texas. Arguably the most dominant defensive player in the 2024 cycle, registering 22.5 sacks as a junior while playing in Texas’ highest classification. Measured at around 6-foot-2.5, 225 pounds with a 34-inch arm prior to his senior season. Primarily lines up at defensive end for Duncanville. Uses first-step quickness, play speed and dip to create issues for opposing offensive tackles.

“Shows good curvilinear movement with his ability to turn corners as a pass rusher. Length aids in disengaging from offensive linemen, finishing plays and disrupting passing lanes. Looks to play with a very strong effort level. Has an innate knack for disrupting passing lanes, batting down a number of passes as a junior. Took over the state title game in a key second-half sequence that led to Duncanville’s win. Has a smaller frame than most elite EDGE prospects and will need to put on weight early on in college to aid in his ability to hold up against the run.”