Florida football landed their first member of the 2025 recruiting class, but this guy might be on campus even sooner than that.
This morning, Austin Simmons announced his commitment to the Florida Gators.
The Gators had been in the lead for Simmons for quite some time, and there was a great relationship between UF and Austin throughout his recruitment. And now, it’s official.
247 Sports Composite Rankings has Simmons ranked as the 56th-best player in the 2025 class, the 6th-best QB, and the 8th-best player in the state of Florida. Those rankings will change as time passes, and I think we’ll see Simmons move even higher in his class.
Austin has a special arm. The lefty also plays baseball and has tossed his fair share of no-hitters on the mound.
In his sophomore year at Pahokee high school in Florida, Simmons had a 67% completion percentage and threw for 3,253 yards and 27 touchdowns.
What stood out to me while watching Simmons on tape wasn’t just the accuracy of his passes, but the strength behind his throws and the confidence he slings it with.
He’s able to laser the ball to his receiver on out routes to the far side of the field, a throw that not a lot of quarterbacks can make, especially not at the high school level. He steps into every throw and has a pretty deep ball, and isn’t afraid to get hit while passing.
Austin also likes to show off his legs and is a threat in the run game. With Pahokee, he ran a lot in the option game and was able to break off big play after big play on the ground.
Simmons could be on campus earlier than the 2025 class. He apparently has a 5.34 GPA (what?) and finished high school as a freshman.
If Simmons gets to campus early, he could begin to develop early and see the field sooner than we all think.
Simmons is a special player and a better kid, and he’ll be a great fit in Gainesville.
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