Delvon Simmons announced in May that he would be transferring from Texas Tech and as of Wednesday, he is officially heading to USC, according to his Twitter account.
Simmons, a Rivals five-star defensive tackle from the Class of 2011, played his freshman and sophomore years at Texas Tech before electing to part ways with the Red Raiders. He played in 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.
Prior to joining Texas Tech, however, Simmons had initially signed with North Carolina on National Signing Day, but asked for a release–and was granted one–only one month later.
Aside from USC, Simmons had interest in Oregon and Penn State, which would have brought him closer to his native McKeesport, PA, a suburb outside of Pittsburgh. Lane Kiffin and his recruiting staff welcomed Simmons to Troy shortly after Simmons expressed his interest in Southern California, and it seems that visit paid off.
Now a Trojan, Simmons will have to sit out the 2013 season but will have two years of eligibility left in his career. When he is given the green light to play, he will find himself in the thick of a fierce position battle with current Trojans Kenny Bigelow, Cody Temple, Antwaun Woods and Leonard Williams, as well as potentially that of 2014 commits Tashon Smallwood and Michael Wyche.