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Penn State Finalist for 4-Star ATH

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Penn State is a finalist for a four-star ’25 ATH from Cincinnati.

Quintin Simmons Jr. announced Monday afternoon that Penn State’s in his top six, along with Cincinnati, Kentucky,  Michigan, Syracuse and West Virginia.

Penn State offered the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder from Withrow University High School last March. Along with his top six, Simmons— who plays receiver and running back— also has offers from schools such as Boston College, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan State, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. Simmons is known for his speed and also uses it to compete in Track & Field for Withrow. Per MileSplit, Simmons ran a “sophomore best” 10.76 in the 100-meter and “also ran wind-aided 100-meter reps of 11.15 and 11.17 in Spring 2023,” as reported by Gabe Brooks of 247Sports.

Simmons’ speed helps him to be a factor in the kick return game— in fact, the first clip of his 2023 season highlight on HUDL is of him returning a kickoff for a touchdown.

An excerpt from an article written by last May reveals a heavy compliment paid to Simmons by his high school coach.

“Lofty comparisons have been thrown in Simmons’ direction by those around the program, the article reads. “Withrow head coach Kali Jones has even compared him to Ted Ginn Jr. because of his track speed and ability as a kick returner.

“Coach Jones compares me to a lot of people, but Ted Ginn Jr., I think that’s the kick return part,” Simmons explained. “I’m gonna return the ball. When the ball hits my hands, it’s going to the other side of the field.”

Penn State doesn’t have any receivers committed to its 2025 recruiting class. It has eight total players committed.

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