- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
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Simmons is the second ESPN Jr. 300 commitment for Penn State, joining running back Miles Sanders in the class.
As a 6-foot-4, 223-pound defensive end, Simmons will give the Nittany Lions an outstanding pass-rusher on the edge. He has enough versatility that defensive coordinator Bob Shoop can play him in a few different positions, but Simmons could be a terror on the outside of the defensive line in the future.
The Penn State staff has had a ton of success recruiting the East Coast under James Franklin and Simmons now gives the coaches four commitments from Maryland prospects in the past two classes.
The Nittany Lions are still working to close out the 2015 class, which is ranked No. 4 overall, and could add even more East Coast commitments if a few prospects go their way.
With the 2016 class just getting started, Simmons and Sanders are two excellent additions to get the ball rolling. With such high-caliber prospects on board, it can only help to keep Penn State's outstanding momentum going in the right direction.
Defensive end Shane Simmons, the No. 30 ranked prospect in 2016, committed to Penn State on Wednesday over Alabama, Florida State, Maryland and Ohio State.