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Top QB Austin Simmons jumps to Ole Miss, reclassifies to 2023

College football prospect Austin Simmons is now a rebel with a cause.

Make it a future Ole Miss Rebels member.

The four-star quarterback rookie announced over the weekend that he is withdrawing from the University of Florida and going to Ole Miss College as part of the 2023 class.

The announcement was made in an Instagram post along with the news that Simmons has been reclassified as a 2023 graduate, entering the SEC a full two years earlier than originally planned.

Simmons was listed as one of the 2025 graduates when he pledged to play for the Gators, and will be competing in next week’s OTAs after jumping to Ole Miss. According to USA Today.

“We basically just did accelerated learning,” Simmons said. coach me coach podcast about his decision. “I started doing it in my freshman year and I had just started taking college courses in high school.”

Rivals ranked Simmons as the No. 3 passer in the 2025 class, and 247 Sports listed the quarterback as the 63rd overall prospect in the class before the reclassification.

Last year at Pahokee High School in Florida, Simmons threw for 3,242 yards and scored 24 touchdowns, surpassing Anquan Bolden for the school record for passing yards in a season. palm beach post report.

Simmons said head coach Lane Kiffin and quarterback coach Charlie Weiss Jr. played a big part in the decision to jump from Florida to Ole Miss.

“Our relationship got really close while I was there. ‘We started talking about football,'” Simmons said on the podcast. “And when I took the shot, I felt like I could really improve there and prepare for the next level.”

As impressive as his skill on the field was his academic prowess, which put him in position to go to college two years early at the age of 17.


Ole Miss Coach Lane Kiffin
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Simmons earned a 5.34 GPA while homeschooling and completed high school requirements by age 16.

Additionally, Simmons is an accomplished baseball player and plans to continue playing while at Ole Miss, telling the Coach Me Coach Podcast that he plans to serve as an outfielder and a pitcher.

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