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6-6 Jack Simmons commits to Gophers

Jack Simmons verbals to Minnesota

6-6 Jack Simmons from Mundelein (IL) Carmel has become the fourth verbal commitment for the Gopher football team, picking Minnesota over Northwestern and Michigan State. Simmons is a four-year varsity starter, who was named first-team all-area in 2002. He is an excellent athlete who played four different positions as a junior. His father, Terry, is a former Gopher who played for Minnesota from 1977-79 as a punter and tight end.

Jack Simmons is expected to project as a tight end at the collegiate level. He was also considering Big Ten rivals Northwestern, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Illinois. Simmons is a versatile player, which is one of his strengths, according to his high school coach Andy Bitto. "Jack catches, blocks, tackles, makes interceptions and blocks punts. He's a...

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