The Virginia Tech Hokies football program got better over the weekend, as they nabbed another cornerstone to their 2018 recruiting class.
On Sunday afternoon, 4-star wide receiver Darryle Simmons, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania product, committed to the Hokies over Penn State, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Maryland.
The 6’2″ 180 lbs. Simmons held 15 offers in total before ultimately selecting the Hokies, and becomes the second wide receiver to commit to Virginia Tech as part of the 2018 recruiting class, joining 3-star South Carolina prospect Bryce Thompson, who committed last July.
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Given the fact that Thompson stands slightly shorter than 6’0″, the Simmons signing provides the 2018 wide receiver group some versatility with his size and speed on the outside as a bigger pass-catching target down the line.
In the process of also becoming the second receiver committed to the 2018 class, Simmons is also the second player to sign out of the state of Pennsylvania, joining safety Nasir Peoples, a 3-star recruit who joined the Hokies verbally in February.
The duo of Peoples and Simmons visited Blacksburg together back in March, just weeks after Peoples announced his decision to join the Hokies.
It appears that Peoples’ personal recruiting pitch to Simmons had some pull, as he will now head to Tech to strengthen the offensive side of the football for years to come.
Simmons is the #12 overall player in the state of Pennsylvania according to 247Sports, and is the #62 wide receiver in the class. It should be noted that 247Sports lists Simmons as a high-end 3-star prospect, while most other recruiting services have him listed as a 4-star recruit.
Regardless, this is a coup for Virginia Tech, and another stepping stone for recruiting outside of the state of Virginia both in the 2018 cycle, as well as in years to come.