Texas Football: Colin Simmons making an immediate impression

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We're a few weeks into the winter strength and conditioning program for Texas football and S&C coach Torre Becton. Texas has worked in roughly two dozen new enrollees among the transfer portal additions and the high school signees from the 2024 class early this offseason during winter workouts.

Many of the talented early enrollees this semester for the Longhorns from the 2024 class have made good impressions with the coaching staff and their teammates in the first few weeks of winter workouts. Few early enrollees have made more noise in the last couple of weeks in winter S&C than the top-rated edge rusher out of high school in the 2024 class.

Colin Simmons showing maturity for Texas football early this offseason

The former elite five-star Duncanville edge rusher recruit and true freshman Colin Simmons has made waves early in winter workouts for Texas. Between his business-like mentality and results in the weight room, Simmons has impressed those in and around the program immediately this offseason.

CJ Vogel of TFB Texas reported earlier this week (donor content) that Simmons has "gained close to 20 pounds" since the start of winter workouts this semester. Simmons is reportedly pushing 240 pounds after weighing in around 220 pounds at the All-American Game in Orlando last month.

It was a big deal for Simmons to add the necessary weight to his frame to get up to around 250 pounds entering the fall. He's well ahead of schedule in that regard, which puts Simmons in a great spot to be ready to battle for a key spot on the two-deep at the EDGE position this spring.

The weight room isn't the only portion of winter workouts that Simmons has made an instant impression this semester.

Orangebloods reported on Feb. 9 that Simmons "wants to be first in the line and he wants to set the tempo" in winter S&C. He's really made his name known from the second he arrived on campus this semester as an early enrollee.

Simmons among the highly-anticipated impact additions to the EDGE room in 2024

Texas added a ton of talent at the EDGE position via the transfer portal and high school recruiting in the 2024 class. Pete Kwiatkowski and the Longhorns added an immediate impact edge rusher and a top-notch proven pass rusher via the portal in the 2023 AAC Defensive Player of the Year from UTSA, redshirt sophomore Trey Moore.

From high school recruiting, the Longhorns added two highly touted blue-chip recruits in the 2024 class who are both early enrollees. Simmons highlights the edge rusher haul from the high school ranks in the 2024 class for the Longhorns.