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By Dan Hope (Credit: https://www.elevenwarriors.com/college-football-recruiting/2023/06/139230/quarterback-austin-simmons-reclassifies-from-high-school-junior-to-college-freshman-flips-from-florida-to)
Austin Simmons was set to be a junior in high school this year. Instead, Simmons will be playing college football at Ole Miss.
Following in the footsteps of players like Quinn Ewers and Sonny Styles who reclassified to start their college football careers earlier, Simmons is taking it a step further by going to college a full two years early, announcing Saturday he would reclassify from the 2025 class to the 2023 class while flipping his commitment from Florida to Ole Miss.
The unusual two-year jump was made possible through homeschooling, as Simmons reportedly completed his high school coursework during his freshman year and has been taking college courses ever since. Simmons, who played for Moore Haven High School in Moore Haven, Florida, boasts a whopping 5.34 grade-point average. According to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Simmons could earn his degree from Mississippi by the time he is 19.
Simmons, who was rated as a four-star prospect in the 2025 class before his reclassification, will be 17 years old when he arrives in Oxford this summer. Simmons will also play baseball at Ole Miss.