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Northwest Guilford 4-star ATH Xavier Simmons focuses on Virginia Tech

Northwest Guilford 4-star ATH Xavier Simmons focuses on Virginia Tech

Northwest Guilford rising senior Xavier Simmons utilized Twitter to make his obligation to Virginia Tech on Saturday evening.

Simmons stands 6-foot-3 and loads 225 pounds. He is promoted as a four-star select by 247Sports.com. The selecting site has the future Hokie as the No. 7 in general player from North Carolina, the No. 22 linebacker in the Class of 2022, and the No. 190 possibility broadly.

“An extraordinary instructing staff (and) great scholastics,” said Simmons during a meeting with HighSchoolOT in Oct. 2020 on what might go into his school choice. “Certainly need to perceive what the grounds life resembles, and some place I feel great with.”

Simmons picked the Hokies over grant openings from Coastal Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Howard, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, NC State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, UNC-Chapel Hill, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

Northwest Guilford wrapped up its 2021 spring football season at 6-2 generally and 3-1 in Metro 4A Conference play. The Vikings dropped games with Grimsley, the inevitable 4A state title, and Myers Park in the state end of the season games. Northwest got outscored 111-34 in those losses, however arrived at the midpoint of 33.8 focuses across eight games played.

The Vikings have Simmons recorded as a center linebacker and wide beneficiary on last season’s MaxPreps program. On safeguard, Simmons posted 61 all out handles (7.6 per game), five bumble recuperations, two sacks, and caused one bungle. No hostile measurements were accessible, yet 297 generally useful yards and two hurrying scores were added up to in his sophomore year (2019 — NW Guilford completed 4-7).

“He’s an incredible child,” said Northwest Guilford head football trainer Kevin Wallace while talking about Simmons before the latest season. “Extraordinary guardians, incredible homelife, everything. He’s a calm child (with) an actually quite profound voice, yet he’s great. He worked his butt off this past season particularly, however consistently. He’s truly evolved and dealt with various things … His enrolling soar. He’s simply a modest child.”

Simmons will join a little, yet important Oak Ridge-to-Blacksburg pipeline of understudy competitors. Junior wide recipient Tré Turner was a four-headliner that graduated right on time from Northwest Guilford. Turner had 34 gets for 529 yards and three scores in the 2020 football season. Cayla King and Elizabeth Kitley won consecutive state young ladies ball titles (2016 and 2017) for the Vikings, and are presently youngsters on the Virginia Tech ladies’ b-ball group.

At the finish of the truncated mission, Simmons was named third group all-state by HighSchoolOT. The two-route champion for the Vikings procured All-Metro 4A Conference respects for his endeavors in ongoing seasons, which highlighted 151 handles.

Northwest Guilford is required to have three-time state advocate East Forsyth (1992, 2018, and 2019) at R.L. Billings Stadium in the fall season opener for the two schools. The date for the non-gathering slant is Aug. 20.

“I had the chance to offer credit to the mentors, they truly needed to play,” NISH mentor Todd Russ said. “They needed to improve and they advised me, ‘Mentor, we should do it.’

“We lost a few groups because of the climate yet we actually got most of groups to come and play and it turned out great.”

Various nearby groups took an interest in the group camp, incorporating host NISH alongside Catholic High and Highland Baptist, Jeanerette, Loreauville, ESA and St. Martinville.

Russ said that it’s anything but a decent possibility for his group to play against some rivalry and improve.

“Simply playing folks and attempting to contend and improve,” Russ said. “That was what we held the camp for, for groups to come in and contend and improve.”

CHS mentor Josh Guilbeau said that the camp permitted him to give his group some training time.

“Summer is an alternate creature,” the CHS mentor said. “We attempt to do a ton of things contrastingly throughout the late spring. We give various children a ton of reps they need to attempt to set them up for the standard season.”

Jeanerette mentor Dwayne Alexander likewise saw an opportunity for his group to get some training and improve.

“We have a lot of small children who don’t have a great deal of involvement,” he said. “Then, at that point we have three sophomore last year who are starters and we need them to be pioneers and this allows them the opportunity to do that.

“It’s anything but an opportunity to perceive what I have going into next season.”

The most current mentor nearby, Highland’s Colby Batiste, saw a ton from his group in the two-day camp.

“We played Acadiana, Northside, St. Martinville. Those are some top quality groups and I saw that my children can contend with them,” Batiste. “It showed me where my group is and what we need to deal with as we head into the new season come November.”

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