Penn State has officially landed the services of one of the best defensive ends in the class of 2016.
Defensive end Shane Simmons, a long-time Penn State commit, has officially sent in his letter of intent to head coach James Franklin and the Nittany Lions.
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The Nittany Lions could face some depth issues on the defensive line in the upcoming season and didn’t exactly stockpile defensive linemen in the most recent recruiting class. However, Simmons is one of the best defensive linemen available in this year’s class.
According to 247Sports, Simmons is the No. 4 weak side defensive end and the No. 41 recruit overall. He’s rated as a 4-star recruit.
At six-foot-four, 221 pounds, Simmons already has a great base to start from. The strength and conditioning program at Penn State will help him bulk up even more, making him even more of a force from the edge than he’ll already be.
Simmons had a fantastic high school career at DeMatha Catholic and earned an invitation to The Opening this past summer. He was also named to the USA TODAY All-USA second team.
Of course, someone of his caliber holds offers from several top schools. Alabama, Baylor, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Georgia were just some of the schools interested in landing Simmons. However, the Hyattsville, MD native stuck with his original commitment to Penn State.
Simmons gave his commitment to Coach Franklin in July of 2014 and never really wavered.
With the size and talent already to compete at the collegiate level, Simmons has a chance to make a big impact with the Nittany Lions right away.