Mississippi State signee Simmons facing charges after fight

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State football signee Jeffery Simmons is facing charges of simple assault and disturbing the peace over a fight last week.

Macon police chief Lucious Mason confirmed the charges to several media outlets, including The Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger, which reported that Simmons, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman, is accused of striking a woman several times while she was lying on the ground. Four others, including another man and three women, were also charged in the fight in Simmons' hometown of Macon, Mississippi.

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen told The Associated Press on Monday that the program is ''aware of the situation and we're evaluating the situation.''

Simmons was arguably Mississippi State's top recruit in February's class and had a five-star rating, according to Rivals.com.

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