April 6, 2020

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Diamond in the Rough: Gabe Simmons

Gabe Simmons is a class of 2022 Quarterback from Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, TX. Simmons stands at 6’0 180 lbs. And has a current GPA of 3.6. When viewing his film, the first thing to stand out is Simmons’s quick release and timing. Gabe’s decision making is ahead of most at the high school level of play. Along with proficiency in the short to intermediate passing game, Gabe is deadly deep, with the arm power to hit his receivers for huge gains. With great awareness, Gabe can quickly determine when the pocket begins to break down and has little problems scrambling to pick up extra yardage with his feet, along with being a threat on the read option. 

Around what age did you first begin playing? What did you first love about the game of football?

I’ve essentially been playing since I could walk. Since I can remember I’ve had a football in my hands. When I first began playing, I immediately fell in love with the competitive nature of the sport.

What did the sport teach you at such a young age? Are there any lessons that you learned later in your playing career? 

First, I learned the importance of being tough, not just on the football field but in many parts of life. I didn’t realize until about 7th grade the true physicality of the sport and how much pride I took in being a physical athlete.

After 7th grade and moving forward in your career, you undoubtedly began to find your identity as a quarterback. Can you explain to me your playstyle and what sort of archetype you fit?

I’m definitely well-balanced. Whether it’s throwing or running the football, I’m equally comfortable and can excel at both. One thing or sure is that I’m extremely comfortable and effective as a pure pocket passer as well.

Speaking of the quarterback position, is there a certain guy in the league that you look up to the most? Past or present?

I really look up to Drew Brees, especially due to the height factor. As a 6’0 QB you always hear stuff about how your height is an issue, but then you see guys like Brees and height is never a factor. Not only is he one of the best in the league, he’s one of the best to ever play the position.

And as a QB, is there a particular play that you would consider your favorite?

I love it when our offense is within striking distance of the goal line and coach calls a read option. At that point its will against will and who wants it more. I strive to put myself in those positions to show my grit and toughness as not only a quarterback, but as an overall athlete.

Have you and the team set any goals for the upcoming season? Any personal goals?

As a team we want to win district, but we realize that we have to control what we can control. That means focussing on the now and not looking ahead. For me, I just want to go out and compete as the starter. I have a great opportunity to show my skill sets and development with great confidence that I can do so. I want to be the best QB in district and lead the team to new heights.

What are some of the steps that you have been taking to ensure you meet this goal?

Really focussing on my speed and strength as much as possible. I’m in the gym constantly, always trying to get stronger. It’s not just about me trying to outlift the other quarterbacks or skill position players, but even trying to get on the offensive linemen’s level as well.

Who or what has been your biggest motivator throughout your playing career?

My parents for sure. They do so much for me and I just want to strive to make them proud of me everyday. My goal is to always prove to them, and myself, that my hardwork and dedication truly pays off.  

Finally, do you have any words of advice for up and coming players who are looking to compete at the highschool level? 

You really just have to continue to work hard and never take days off. Nothing in football will ever come easy or just be handed to you. Also, its vital that you block out any noise or negativity and just try and focus on doing what’s best for you and your teammates.  These lessons have taught me how to be a respectful and respected athlete, along with allowing me the comfort to overcome any adversity that presents itself.