It’s time to start preparing for the upcoming Syracuse Orange football season. We’re going through the roster to take a look at each Syracuse player as we get ready for a critical season for the Orange.
Up next is….
Name: Chase Simmons
Position: Defensive lineman
Year: Redshirt sophomore
Weight: 257 lbs
Hometown: Little River, SC
High School/Previous College: North Myrtle Beach High School
2022 stats: Simmons played the first three games of last year’s schedule before suffering a season-ending injury. He had four tackles before he was injured.
2023 projections: Simmons could see ample reps on the field this season. Syracuse will be counting on its defense to outperform expectations and, similar to his overview from last season, he’s got the potential to be a valuable rotation player on the defensive line.
How’d he get here?: Simmons committed to Syracuse over Coastal Carolina, Akron, Fordham, Kent State and other schools in February 2021.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars on 247 and ESPN. Two stars from Rivals.
Money quote: It’s hard to tell if he’s a psychic or not, but Simmons vividly predicted the current state of the Orange’s defensive improvement months ago:
“But knowing Syracuse has a young defense already, I think they thought it was a great opportunity to get another young guy on the defensive line,” Simmons said. “Maybe in a few years or even next year, we’ll dominate and improve.”
Twitter feed: @Chase_simmons02
Twitter posts of wonder: He certainly knows the way to the weight room
Blessed to be back doing what I love… 2023… Loading pic.twitter.com/IyoszEtMsJ— CHASE SIMMONS ⚔️ (@Chase_simmons02) March 19, 2023
Interesting nugget o’interest: Chase has a ways to go to catch up with North Myrtle Beach High’s most famous alum- Vanna White.
Let’s get a look at ya: Cue the high school footage: