January 13, 2011

USC going after Simmons

McKeesport (Pa.) defensive tackle Delvon Simmons didn't have anything to prove after being named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

But the four-star prospect still put on a stellar performance in San Antonio. Simmons' performance impressed so much that it netted him another offer.

USC became the latest school to throw its hat into the ring for Simmons, who recorded two sacks and a fumble recovery in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. After the game, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound prospect conversed with USC defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, who told Simmons he had an offer from USC.

"I had a nice little conversation with him," Simmons said. "I was happy that he offered, because I always liked USC."

USC is a late entrant in Simmons' recruitment. The defensive tackle has already taken visits to Rutgers, Iowa, Oregon and Texas Tech. The Trojans are jockeying with Florida for Simmons' last visit.

Coaches from both school are expected to come to McKeesport in the coming week to make their pitches on in-home visits.

"I like USC, but I still have to see it before I can make any decisions," Simmons said. "I'm still thinking about taking a visit. Hopefully I'll decide next week after the coaches come in."

If USC does make the cut, it will have time to make up ground. Simmons said he would wait until signing day to decide on his future school.

"I'm looking for good academics and a good coaching staff," Simmons said. "I'm also looking for players that are easy to talk to."

Simmons made the rounds at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, getting to know most of the players there.

"I talked to pretty much all of the players, actually," Simmons said. "I spent pretty much the same time with everyone."

USCfootball.com will keep you updated on Simmons' recruitment.

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