From Miami to South Carolina- “Sharrod Dylin Simmon”

Good morning Sharrod, I remember that I met you when you were going into the 9th grade. During this time your were in Miami attending Frank Gore’s Football Camp.

So tell me, what was it like participating in Frank’s Football Camp?

It was a dream come true playing in front of my older cousin. It was a very fun day.

So what did you learn from the experience?

I learned a  lot of DB drills that could make me into becoming a better football player.

Were there any other professional players that you observed while you were there?

Yes, I took some time to observe Denzel  Perryman. He is an awesome football player and he is from Miami.

What grade are you in now?

I am a 12th grade senior.

What school are you attending?

I am attending West Florence High School

What was it like growing up in Florence South Carolina?

Growing up in the city of Florence was very slow moving. It’s much different from Miami.

Who do you hang out with when in school?

I hang with some of my teammates and some of my friends from school.

What do you do to have fun?

I like to train with weights and I like to sit around with my friends and play video games. Sometimes during films we like to guff off and have fun.

I have viewed your high school transcript and it is very impressive. It shows that your grade point average is a 4.289. You must have great home support. Who is the person that is inspiring you to achieve?

My Mom, she tells me everyday to be the best that I can be.

I have also viewed some of your football awards. You are the true meaning of a student athlete. How does that makes you feel?

It makes me feel good knowing that all the hard work that I have put in was worth the positive results that I have gained. One of my preparations was studying film of my opponent, in which I would write all their plays down on a pad and review them for a week. Once the game started and the team would line up in their formation, I was able to recognize the play in which it put me in a good position to stop my opponent. 

How old were you when you first started playing organize football?

I was 4 years old when I started playing organized football. During this time I was living in Miami. I played football in Miami from 4 years old to 11 years old and then we move to South Carolina.

What was the experience like playing football in Miami?

It groomed me into the person that I am today. It helped me realize that nothing was ever given to me and if you want anything you have to take it.

How would you compare Miami football to South Carolina football?

Miami football is more competitive; everyone is a dog, everyone has the same dream of playing in the NFL. In Miami, they seem to be more hungrier for the sport. Here in South Carolina, the players have a choice to play basketball, baseball or to run track. Miami is a football life style.

What is your favorite sport and do you participate in any other sports?

My favorite sport is football. I love the contact and the team camaraderie that it brings. Yes, I do participate in other sports. I also play basketball and I also run track. I run the 100 meters, 200 meters and I participate in the long jump.

What are some of the football positions that you play and which is the position that you really excel in?

I play wide receiver, running back and defensive back. I like hitting my opponent and catching interceptions.

Earlier, I recall you said that you played 4 years of Varsity football.

Yes sir,  In my 11th and 12th grade year I started playing both ways.

You had a impressive football career at West Florence. 

Yes, I had 100 career tackles, 3 interceptions, 4 force fumbles, 6 force runs, 4 tackle for loss, 3 defensive touch downs, 23 receptions for 299 yards, 2 receiving touch downs    

What was your team football record  for 2018?

This year we finished in the top Ten for the State. We were 10 and 2. We lost to a very good team in our division and our second lost was in the State Championship.

So then you know about competition?

Yes Sir, I know about a little competition.

What was it like playing high school football?

It was great, it was a great experience. I like knowing that my teammates wanted to put on a good show for our home fans. It was a great feeling playing Friday night under the lights with the school band and the fans cheering us on. It’s a feeling that I will never forget.

Who is your head football coach?

Coach T. Woodberry was my head coach for my first three years and Coach J. Jenerette was the head coach for my senior year.

After completing a successful high school football career, what universities are showing interest in you?

I have received interest from Florida A&M University, South Carolina State and John C. Smith. I signed with John C. Smith.

So what position will you be playing?

I was recruited to play defensive back and I will have the opportunity to play wide receiver. 

Sharrod, what will you have to offer John C. Smith as a student athlete?

A good attitude, hard work, not a selfish attitude and to do what it takes to get the job done.

What is your ultimate goal?

My ultimate goal is to play in the NFL. If I am blessed to achieve that goal I would like to take care of my Mom and make sure that she is taken good care of for the rest of her life. You know, that’s every athlete’s goal is to play at a professional level in the NFL. However, if football does not work out for me. I would like to be a game Warden.

Sharrod, SPORTS ELITE MAG want to thank you for sharing your football journey with us. We will continue to follow your collegiate football career. May God continue to Bless you and to keep you healthy.

By Worrell

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