Florida quarterback commit Austin Simmons leaves Pahokee, enrolls at Moore Haven

University of Florida quarterback commit Austin Simmons won't take the field as a Pahokee Blue Devil this fall. Instead, the four-star will suit up for Moore Haven High.

Sources from Moore Haven confirmed Simmons' enrollment at his new school became official on Monday, marking the end of an underclassman's time at Anquan Boldin Stadium.

In 2022, Simmons threw for 3,242 passing yards and 24 touchdowns and averaged 6.5 rushing yards per carry. He’s the only quarterback in Pahokee history to record over 3,000 yards.

Completing 68 percent of throws (163-of-242), Simmons tied − and broke − Pro Football Hall of Fame candidate Anquan Boldin’s record for the most passing yards in a season before the end of his sophomore year.

247Sports currently has Simmons ranked as the No. 4 quarterback in the nation for the Class of 2025.

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Pahokee quarterback Austin Simmons (13) is seen during warmups prior to the start of the football game between Pahokee and host Palm Beach Central on Friday, September 16, 2022, in Wellington, FL. Final score, Pahokee, 34, Palm Beach Central, 14.
Pahokee quarterback Austin Simmons (13) is seen during warmups prior to the start of the football game between Pahokee and host Palm Beach Central on Friday, September 16, 2022, in Wellington, FL. Final score, Pahokee, 34, Palm Beach Central, 14.

Simmons will still be homeschooled, allowing the highly-touted lefty pitcher to finish out his baseball season, when he lives with his mother in Miami. With 31 strikeouts in 21.1 innings, Simmons is about to charge True North Classical Academy into the postseason as districts begin next week.

However, Simmons’ dad, David, has already relocated to the Moore Haven area to take a position as the team’s offensive coordinator. The Terriers most recently went 8-4, reaching region semifinals before running into Class 1S state champion First Baptist Academy.

Simmons transferred to Pahokee from Flanagan in Broward County prior to his freshman varsity season. He served a suspension to start the season after a dispute with the FHSAA regarding his transfer.

Last fall, Moore Haven was led by Henry Boyd, who completed nearly 66 percent of passes (135-of-205) for 2,915 yards and 30 touchdowns against three interceptions. The junior also rushed for 439 yards, averaging 7.7 yards per carry.

A move for Simmons silences buzz surrounding whether the future Gator would reclassify to the Class of 2024 and make an early arrival in Gainesville, now gearing up for another season of spring practice on varsity.

Emilee Smarr is the high school sports reporter for the Palm Beach Post. She can be reached via email at esmarr@gannett.com.

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