Simms Was Oh So Close

By Adam Caparell - February 07, 2007


Matt Simms was a close as being one day away from switching his commitment from Louisville to N.C. State. The heralded New Jersey QB, son of Phil and brother of Chris, decided to stick with Louisville in the end, despite the Cardinals being forced to bring in a new coach with Bobby Petrino’s departure.

“It was a tough journey from the beginning of the year until now,” Simms said. “Really I’m just happy, relieved that it’s all over.”

Once Petrino left for the NFL, Simms really thought long and hard about staying committed to Louisville. His father and brother helped him keep his composure during the process and new Cardinals coach Steve Kragthorpe did the rest.

He came in and “swept me off my feet,” Simms said. Petrino played a big part in Simms deciding to go to Louisville and he wasn’t sure if they could bring in as a good a coach as Petrino, but Kragthorpe won over Simms in the end, much to the relief of Cardinals fans.

“I was one day away from probably making the wrong decision,” Simms said. “It was coming down to the wire and I kind of just went with my gut feeling and that was Louisville.”

Posted by Adam Caparell at 04:27 PM on February 07, 2007
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