St. Joseph's Prep wide receiver Darryle Simmons, a big target with solid route-running skills, committed to play for Virginia Tech on Sunday.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior chose the Hokies over Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

"I visited Virginia Tech last summer and two more times during the school year," the 17-year-old said. "Just like my mom [Theresa Johnson] did, I saw that it had a lot to offer in academics and football."

Simmons, a three-star recruit according to, made 34 catches for 526 yards and three scores last season.

Simmons is the second player from Southeastern Pennsylvania to commit to Virginia Tech's 2018 class. Archbishop Wood defensive back Nasir Peoples, a 6-foot, 185-pounder junior and three-star recruit, pledged to the Hokies in February.

Simmons made a 35-yard touchdown grab as the Prep crushed Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 42-7, in last season's PIAA Class 6A state final at HersheyPark Stadium.

The West Philly resident said he plans to major in science, possibly kinesiology, in college.