Soon after Barry Odom was hired as Missouri's head coach, he offered a scholarship to longtime Illinois commit Trevour Simms, an offensive lineman from East St. Louis (Ill.). After a visit to Columbia this weekend, it appears he has flipped his reservation.
East St. Louis (Ill.) OG Tre'vour Simms confirms to me that he has flipped his commitment from Illinois to #Mizzou.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) December 14, 2015
Simms has been committed to Illinois since June, but visited MU with former prep teammates Greg Taylor and Natereace Strong this weekend.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) December 14, 2015
Simms is the third #Mizzou commit for 2016 from East St. Louis, joining Nate Strong and Greg Taylor, currently at Hinds CC— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) December 14, 2015
Simms told me yesterday that he wanted to wait until Signing Day to announce decision -- guess it didn't take that long.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) December 14, 2015
Simms also said yesterday that Barry Odom said an OC would be hired over the weekend. But, BO did not name names.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) December 14, 2015
Official visit pic.twitter.com/GqnFfIAKue— Esl FlyersFootball (@Football_Flyers) December 14, 2015
Simms said he didn't get to win state at East St. Louis, and chance to compete for title w/ three ESL teammates helped him switch. #Mizzou— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) December 14, 2015
Simms is a 6'3, 317-pound land mass. He was given a low-three star rating by Rivals and a mid-three by the 247Sports Composite. From a "you can't teach size" perspective, he doesn't have much left to be taught, and a year or two with Pat Ivey in the weight room should tone him up a bit.
Here's Simms' Hudl film.
Simms' commitment is a lovely step for Odom from a pipeline perspective. He will become the fourth ESL product to sign with Mizzou in the last three classes, with a huge recruiting battle ahead for ESL receiver Jeff Thomas, a five-star junior per 247.