ESPN: West Virginia WR TJ Simmons a ‘newcomer to watch’ in Big 12

West Virginia wide receiver TJ Simmons is one of the most intriguing newcomers making their Big 12 debut in 2018.

ESPN lists Simmons as one of three “newcomers to watch” next season, joining Baylor tackle Jake Fruhmorgen and Oklahoma defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles.

From ESPN:

The former four-star recruit played special teams at Alabama before transferring after the 2016 season. He’ll give [Will] Grier another pass-catching option.

The 6-foot-2 Simmons originally signed with Alabama and played a special teams role with the Crimson Tide in 2016.

Alabama lost the national title to Clemson during Simmons’ one year on campus. But Simmons might get another shot at a championship with West Virginia.

The return of quarterback Will Grier and wideout David Sills gives the Mountaineers one of the best passing combos in the country. The addition of Simmons and an improved defense could carry the Mountaineers a long way in the Big 12 and in the College Football Playoff race.

West Virginia will be quickly thrown into the fire with early games against Tennessee and North Carolina State. The Mountaineers have a rough November with games at Texas, vs. TCU, at Oklahoma State and vs. Oklahoma the last four weeks of the season. But the addition of Simmons could be the firepower the Mountaineers need to make a legitimate run at a conference championship.

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