In just over a year, there have been over 20 more that have offered, and with a year and a half until his own Signing Day, in February of 2014, there could be several more options for Simmons to choose from.
SMU offered Simmons as he was completing his freshman year, former Mustang assistant Adrian Klemm doing the offering. With Klemm now at UCLA, the interest in Simmons is still strong, with the Bruins having offered Simmons as well.
"Honestly, I thought I'd get a few more offers after SMU offered me, but I didn't expect it to be like this," said Simmons. "It's an honor."
And Simmons is already receiving plenty of honors, including an invitation to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in his home state.
"That means a lot to me and my family," said Simmons. "Me and Ed (Edward Paris, his teammate) will get to play together and that means a lot."
Whether the two play together in college remains to be seen, but for now, they both will have a number of options that both could continue their career together.
He's also visited nearby SMU, and got to know Klemm prior to his departure to UCLA.
"Coach Klemm is real cool, and I know Justin Combs from playing with him with the Goon Squad (their 7v7 team)," said Simmons. "UCLA has a really nice campus."
With considerable time until he needs to make a decision, Simmons plans to take as much of it as he needs.
"I'm not in a hurry," said Simmons. "I just want to take it all on and enjoy it. It's a big blessing to have this chance."