Delvon Simmons’ recruitment was a rocky one before he decided on the Texas Tech Red Raiders and it’s starting all over again now that he has announced that he will be transferring from Lubbock. Two years ago, Simmons initially signed with the North Carolina Tar Heels before being granted a release and choosing Tech over other suitors, such as the USC Trojans. Will the former five-star recruit finally end up with the Men of Troy this time around?
He’s already made his first official visit of the transfer process with USC. On Sunday, Simmons reportedly flew out to Los Angeles for an official visit, likely rekindling the relationships he established when he was originally recruited there out of high school. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive tackle would be a major boost for the Trojans’ defensive line, which has been paper thin during the period of reduced scholarships due to NCAA sanctions.
But USC isn’t the only program looking to lure Simmons to their campus. According to reports, the Miami Hurricanes, Penn State Nittany Lions and Pitt Panthers are also under consideration. There is also a thought that the Cincinnati Bearcats could be a factor since Tommy Tuberville initially recruited him to Lubbock two years ago. There is a chance that move could be blocked by Tech, however, as many schools prevent players from transferring to reunite with former members of the coaching staff.
Last season, Simmons started all 13 games for the Red Raiders and finished No. 12 on the team with 27 total tackles, including six tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. Will a new home unlock the immense potential of the former prep star?