Name: CEDRIC SIMMONS
School: Mesa Community College – Mesa, AZ (Coach Ryan Felker)
Vitals: RB (#28). 6’1″ – 215.
Offers: Georgia State
Simmons comes to UND from Mesa Community College in Arizona. He originally signed with San Jose State back in 2011 but ended up at Mesa to start the 2013 season. We believe he will be a
junior sophomore for UND.
Simmons was part of a crowded backfield at Mesa, one that featured four running backs with over 20 carries. He shows very good straight-line speed on film and will be a definite home run threat for UND. Simmons has the size to be an every-down back, pick up blitzes, etc. He caught multiple screen passes as a running back, giving UND a threat with that game as well.
In 2013, Simmons rushed the ball 67 times for 297 yards and 2 TD’s. He also added 14 receptions for 189 yards and 2 TD’s, showing his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
We like this signing based on the uncertainty in the UND backfield. They do not have any proven entities coming back but do have some depth in Schaugabay, Sparks, Garman, and Varner, and Sharp. We expect Simmons will be right in the mix with all of these guys and give UND a true competition at RB.