A young and physical linebacker with a big upside ... Saw brief playing time in 2011 before being forced into an injury redshirt ... Became an important part of the OSU defense in 2012 ... Ended spring drills atop the depth chart at outside linebacker.
2012 (Freshman): Led the OSU freshman class with 23 tackles ... Had five tackles for loss ... Credited with a sack against TCU ... Set a career high with seven tackles against Texas Tech ... Had three tackles against Oklahoma and Savannah State ... Also forced a fumble against the Sooners ... Three of his tackles for loss came against Texas Tech and another came in the bowl win over Purdue.
2011: Began the season by seeing action in the first three games, but suffered an injury and applied and received an injury redshirt season ... Was credited with one tackle in each in the first three games of the season before being injured.
High School: A very productive linebacker who played on a state championship team at Steele HS, where he was coached by Mike Jinks ... Recorded a whopping 179 tackles as a senior with five interceptions and four fumble recoveries ... Had 151 tackles as a junior ... A first-team all-stater in Texas, according to the Associated Press ... Defensive MVP of the state championship game ... Also district MVP and was the San Antonio Express News defensive player of the year ... Played in the USA vs. the World All-Star game ... Scout ranked him the No. 13 prospect in the country at middle linebacker and No. 44 overall in Texas ... Rivals placed him No. 19 in America at his position and No. 52 in the state of Texas, regardless of position ... A second-team all-state selection as a junior ... Chose the Cowboys over Oregon and Stanford, among others ... Played in the U.S. Army All-America game (Army Bowl) ... Participated in FCA.
Personal: Ryan Joshua Simmons was born July 15, 1993, in Badhersfeld, Germany ... Son of Wayne and Karolyn Simmons ... Comes from a very athletic family ... A sister, Meighan, has been a double-figure scorer for the women's basketball team at Tennessee the last two seasons ... An uncle, Reggie Pinkney, played five years in the NFL ... His cousins, Eric Barton and Aaron Curry, are both standouts in the NFL and his cousins Patrick Pinkney and Chris Curry are playing Division I ball at East Carolina and North Carolina, respectively ... Undecided on a major.