Football: Fort Pierce Central LB Simmons commits to Nebraska | Social media

Fort Pierce Central middle linebacker Greg Simmons, No. 3 on the TCPalm Super 11, announced Thursday that he has verbally committed to the University of Nebraska.

“Nebraska is a great school,” Simmons said. “They have a new coach (Mike Riley) who has NFL experience and a lot of great plans for the team. I’m excited to get to compete in the Big Ten (Conference).”

Simmons previously was committed to the University of Miami, but announced June 8 that he wanted to reopen his recruitment. Simmons visited Nebraska earlier in June before he made his announcement.

“It was a very hard decision, but me and my dad made an agreement to open up my recruitment,” he said June 8.

Simmons said he talked to his father and Central coach Josh Shaffer about his options and felt Nebraska was the best fit for him.

“Coach Shaffer gave me the best advice to just go with my heart and what feels right,” Simmons said. “I wanted to make this decision now because the recruiting season is stressful, and I wanted to get it done so I can focus on my team the rest of the season. We want a championship and being able to focus on my squad is the best decision I can make.”

The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder had 64 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and five sacks in 2014. He also had a tackle for loss and a forced fumble that was returned for a touchdown in the Cobras’ 40-14 spring game win against Palm Beach Gardens.

Simmons is a two-time Treasure Coast Newspapers All-Area selection. He had 15 offers, including Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland and Rutgers.

Jon Santucci contributed to this report.

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