Oklahoma State linebacker Ryan Simmons is now good friends with his teammates J.W. Walsh and Jimmy Bean.
But on one Saturday afternoon in December back in 2010, he was going to toe-to-toe with them for the Class 5A Division II state championship when his Cibolo Steele team pulled off a narrow 24-21 victory over Guyer in both schools’ first year in the state’s largest classification.
“Ryan Simmons was their best player on the tape we had to watch that week,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said, “and he didn’t disappoint live.”
In that game, Simmons was named the defensive MVP after collecting eight tackles and an interception of Walsh after he’d dropped into the secondary in Steele’s Tampa Two scheme. The ball was thrown right to Simmons, as Walsh never saw his future teammate.
“Jimmy’s my roommate so he doesn’t really like me mentioning that too much,” Simmons said, with a smile. “Sometimes I might hint at it, but we’ve moved past that. It’s just a memory for me.”
This season, Simmons is moving back to his natural middle linebacker spot after he played outside last year.