Former 5-star defensive tackle transferring; Visiting USC on Sunday

Former 5-star defensive tackle transferring; Visiting USC on Sunday

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer 5-star defensive tackle recruit Delvon Simmons is back on the market.

Delvon Simmons (8) assists on a tackle vs. Kansas last season.

Delvon Simmons (8) assists on a tackle vs. Kansas last season.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound McKeesport, Pa. native spent the past two seasons at Texas Tech, but has been granted a release and will transfer.

Simmons is on his way to USC for a visit on Sunday evening. He is also considering Miami, Penn State and Pittsburgh.

USC was Simmons’ No. 2 choice when he signed with Texas Tech.

He has not used his redshirt, so after sitting out the 2013 season because of NCAA transfer rules, he will have two seasons to play two.

Last season, Simmons started all 13 games for the Red Raiders. He totaled 27 tackles, six tackles for loss and two sacks. As freshman in 2011, he was limited by injuries early in the season just 13 tackles and a single sack in 10 games.

Simmons was a 5-star prospect by Scout.com, and a 4-star by Rivals.com and ESPN. Rivals rated him the No. 80 prospect in the country overall, and the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania.

This isn’t the first time Simmons has had a change of heart. He originally signed with North Carolina on Signing Day 2011 without ever visiting the school. A month later, he wanted out of his LOI and was granted a release.

Simmons signed with Texas Tech in May, joining his high school teammate Branden Jackson.

Jackson, a defensive end, will remain with the Red Raiders.

Photo credit: AP

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