Jeffery Simmons, a 5-star football recruit who has committed to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, per 247Sports, offered an apology Saturday after a video emerged allegedly showing him hit a woman several times Thursday evening.
According to WCBI.com's Summer Rascoll, Simmons posted a message on Facebook and alleged that comments were made about his deceased family members.
Gridiron Now's Alex McDaniel shared the message via Twitter:
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Rascoll reported that while law enforcement "is aware of the incident," the police have yet to comment on it and have not indicated whether legal action will be taken against Simmons.
According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Simmons is the class of 2016's top-ranked player in the state of Mississippi. Additionally, Simmons is the nation's third-ranked strong-side defensive end and 19th-ranked player overall.
Simmons received offers from 14 schools—including Alabama, Tennessee, LSU and Auburn—before committing to Mississippi State on Feb. 3.