The USC Trojans recruited Delvon Simmons when he was a star football player at McKeesport High School. It just took a few years for USC to land Simmons.
Simmons played the past two seasons at Texas Tech, but has transferred to USC. Simmons was rated among the top defensive linemen in the country at McKeesport and played two seasons at Texas Tech. He started at defensive tackle last season, but decided to leave Texas Tech after the spring semester.
Former McKeesport coach Jim Ward helped Simmons through the transfer process. Simmons visited USC a few weeks ago and also visited Miami.
"USC has a need at that defensive line position," said Ward. "He actually visted there when he was in high school so he was familiar with the place."
Simmons (pictured during his high school days) was one two McKeesport players who signed with Texas Tech in 2011. The other was defensive end Branden Jackson.
"Branden Jackson is thriving at Texas Tech. He loves it there," said Ward. "With Delvon, I just think there was so much change involved with all the coaches that he didn't like. He thought he would look at other opportunities that he might have."
Simmons and Jackson were actually two of three WPIAL players who signed with Texas Tech in 2011. The others was Clairton's Desimon Green. Green never made it to Texas Tech and now plays at California, Pa.
"He was never homesick at Texas Tech. That was never an issue," Ward said of Simmons. "I don't think distance has ever been a factor with him."