Marquette Catholic senior Jesse Simmons has found a place to play football past the prep level.
Simmons will be attending the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas and recently announced he will also play football while he's there.
UMHB is a Division-III institution, part of the American Southwest Conference. The Crusaders were 11-2 on the season in 2015 and finished sixth and seventh respectively in the final national polls.
UMHB has finished in the top 10 in the national rankings in each of the last 10 seasons.
Simmons will be a welcomed addition. The 5-foot-8, 150-pound wide receiver led the Marquette receiving corps in '15. He hauled in 51 catches for 701 yards and 8 touchdowns. Brady McAfee was second in receptions on the team with 19.
Simmons also logged 6 carries for 123 yards on the ground and 2 TDs. He paced the Explorers in total yards from scrimmage with 824 combined yards, edging out D'Avion Peebles (784 yards from scrimmage).
He also anchored the return game. Simmons had a team-best 13 kickoff returns for 212 yards and a Marquette-high 6 punt returns for 148 yards.
Simmons had one score via a kick return and it came as the only playoff score for the Explorers in '15. They drew powerhouse Rochester on the road in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs and got walloped 52-7, but it was Simmons' 70-yard kickoff return for a score in the second quarter which kept Marquette from getting blanked.
Now Simmons will be joining a powerhouse team. UMHB is one of only two NCAA Division-III programs to win at least one playoff game in each of the last 12 seasons. The Crusaders reached the national quarterfinals in '15.