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OSU linebacker recruit Ryan Simmons to push for playing time

As an eighth-grader, Steele, Texas, linebacker Ryan Simmons was heartbroken because the high school coach wouldn't let him play. The future Oklahoma State Cowboy has been breaking opponents hearts ever since.
By JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: February 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm •  Published: February 2, 2011

Simmons could play a factor for the Cowboys next fall at middle linebacker, where Orie Lemon was a senior and the sophomores Caleb Lavey and Tyler Johnson enter spring as the top replacement candidates.

“He is very mature mentally and physically,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said Wednesday. “He comes from a very good program. He's been well-coached.”

Jinks doesn't expect any tears, but he does expect Simmons to make a push to play — and more.

“They're getting a football player in every sense of the word,” Jinks said. “Ryan's a very intelligent player and he's the ultimate competitor. An unbelievable competitor. Along with that, sprinkle in a lot of athleticism. He's just one heckuva football player.”

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