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Jeffery Simmons enrolls at Mississippi State, suspended for season opener

Noxubee County's Jeffery Simmons scores with a 17-yard touchdown pass against St. Stanislaus in the first half of their Mississippi 4A Championship high school football game on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Noxubee County's Jeffery Simmons scores with a 17-yard touchdown pass against St. Stanislaus in the first half of their Mississippi 4A Championship high school football game on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) AP

Mississippi's top recruit in the 2016 signing class has enrolled at Mississippi State.

Noxubee County's Jeffery Simmons was "allowed" to enroll at the school for summer school and begin participation in football activities, according to a release.

Simmons, however, will not be allowed to participate in the team's season-opener Sept. 3 against South Alabama at Davis Wade Stadium.

Normally, a signee enrolling at school early wouldn't be a huge deal, but there were questions surrounding Simmons' status at the school after video surfaced showing him hitting a woman on the ground during a March fight.

Simmons was arrested on a charge of simple assault. The Clarion-Ledger reported he has a June 14 court date in Macon.

In the release, Mississippi State described Simmons' role in the fight as "an effort to break up a domestic fight between his sister and another adult woman, he used physical force against one of those involved in the altercation."

"Based on conversations our staff has had with school, community and church leaders in Noxubee County, this incident appears to be uncharacteristic of Jeffery," MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin said in a release. "It's a highly unique circumstance to administer discipline to a student for an incident that occurred prior to that individual joining our university. However, it's important that Jeffery and other potential MSU students understand that these type of actions and poor decisions are not acceptable.

"We expect the structure and discipline Jeffery will be a part of in our football program to benefit him. Jeffery will be held accountable for his actions while at MSU, and there will be consequences for any future incidents."

According to the release, Simmons will be evaluated by the licensed professionals at the university's Student Counseling Services and be required to complete any program prescribed by that office.

Mississippi State officially opens preseason camp Aug. 2.

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