Former 5-star recruit Delvon Simmons transferring to USC

Former 5-star recruit Delvon Simmons transferring to USC

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t looks like Delvon Simmons is headed to USC — finally.

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

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

A former 5-star defensive tackle prospect out of McKeesport, Pa., Simmons announced that he was leaving Texas Tech last month.

Simmons flirted with the Trojans as a recruit before deciding on the Red Raiders. He tweeted his decision Wednesday afternoon:

Just made it official I’m gonna be a USC Trojan #FightOn
@delvonsimmons52

Simmons visited USC just after announcing his decision to transfer. He also visited Miami and was reportedly interested in Penn State and Pitt.

Last season, Simmons (6-5, 265) started all 13 games for the Red Raiders. He totaled 27 tackles, six tackles for loss and two sacks.

As a true freshman in 2011, he was limited by injuries early in the season just 13 tackles and a single sack in 10 games.

The rising junior has not used his redshirt and will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2013 season because of NCAA transfer rules.

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 Simmons’ first 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, is remaining with the Red Raiders.

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