In what seems to be the offseason of transfers, USC is the latest school to benefit from the gift that keeps on giving. Defensive lineman Delvon Simmons has left Texas Tech for the sunny weather of USC and the Pac-12.
It must be Christmas in June.
Simmons is a huge land for the Trojans, who are desperate for depth on the defensive line. They have been actively recruiting in that area, as more playmakers up front is going to be critical to the success of the new Clancy Pendergast-coached defense. He needs a lot of athleticism and quick players to make his aggressive defense work, and that is what Simmons brings to USC.
Simmons is a former 4-star defensive tackle, according to 247Sports. He has terrific size at 6'5", 265 pounds and moves extremely well. He is very athletic for his size and actually played both sides of the ball back in high school. He does a nice job of using his hands and can overwhelm defenders with his brute strength.
He played two seasons for Texas Tech, including all 13 last year. Despite not seeing time as a starter, Simmons finished his short stint with three sacks, 40 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss. He saw limited playing time for the Red Raiders, but was effective when he was on the field and had a chance to showcase his talents.
The new Trojan will be forced to sit out the entire 2013 season, but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.