WACO, Texas -- The memory of losing to Katy 45-33 on Saturday in the state semifinals will stick with Matthew Simmons for a while.
The 2014 Cibolo Steele defensive end watched most of it helplessly from the sidelines. In the first quarter of the game, Simmons dislocated his left elbow.
“My whole body went down, but my arm stayed up,” he said. “It popped out and I popped it back into place, but then I started to feel woozy.”
Simmons swore he could come back in the game, even doing a push-up to show team doctors he was OK. Instead, he spent the rest of the game with his arm in a sling.
“I tried my behind off to get on this field,” Simmons said. “But I’ve still got another year, and I’m glad I’ve got another year.”
The junior end will focus on his recruitment now, and he senses it’s about to pick up. Simmons hasn’t received his first offer yet, but several schools have shown interest.
“I’ve been talking to Boise State, Baylor and UTSA,” he said. “I’m hoping to hear from Nebraska. I’ve still go another year and I know more is going to come.”
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound lineman said missing out on the loss Saturday only motivates him more to become a leader for Steele next season. He’s ready to follow in the footsteps of this year’s seniors and make next season a special one.
But first, he’s hoping some scholarship offers start to roll in. Simmons is looking forward to attending junior days and getting the process off to a good start.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “I’m glad it’s here and I’m glad I have the chance to go onto college and have them look at me.”