Delvon Simmons, a Rivals five-star defensive tackle from the Class of 2011, is back on the market. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound tackle has announced that he will be transferring from Texas Tech, where he played his freshman and sophomore seasons in 2011 and 2012.
Per a report from CBS Sports, Simmons is considering a number of schools including Pac-12 powers Oregon and USC, and will be visiting the Trojans on Sunday night, after Lane Kiffin’s coaching staff return from their weekend recruiting trips.
Simmons, who originally hails from McKeesport, Penn., a suburb just east of Pittsburgh, is also considering a return to the Keystone State, with a vested interest in the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Should he come to USC, he would be put into position battles on the defensive line with Kenny Bigelow, Cody Temple, Antwaun Woods and Leonard Williams. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he would have to sit out the 2013 season, which would also see him battling current 2014 commits Tashon Smallwood, Austin Maloata and Michael Wyche.
Simmons played all 13 games for Texas Tech in 2012, totaling six tackles for loss, two sacks and 27 total tackles. As freshman in 2011, he missed time early in the season and played more of a reserve role, while accounting for just 13 tackles and a single sack in 10 games.
On Signing Day 2011, Simmons signed with North Carolina, only to seek a release a month later, which UNC granted, ultimately allowing him to choose Texas Tech. Interestingly enough, that’s situation that Florida State finds itself with Matthew Thomas, which USC watches eagerly.