Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor
Position: Defensive Lineman
Class: Redshirt Junior
Size: 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds
High School: McKeesport (Pennsylvania)
Scouting Report: Delvon Simmons is a mountain of a man who is most effective occupying blockers and clogging up running lanes up front. He could play a significant role in Justin Wilcox's new 3-4 defense competing for a starting spot alongside Antwaun Woods and Leonard Williams.
Prep Career: Simmons was a highly touted prospect out of Pennsylvania being honored as a Super Prep All-American and a U.S. Army All-American as well as being named to the Rivals 100, Super Prep All-Northeast and Prep Star All-East rosters. The 6-foot-6 defensive lineman had 57 tackles with 11 tackles-for-loss and one sack his senior year of high school before committing to Texas Tech University where he played as a backup freshman year, registering 13 tackles in 10 games. Simmons started 13 games his sophomore year for the Red Raiders racking up 27 tackles including six for loss with two sacks and two deflections. After the 2012 season, Simmons decided to transfer to USC where he redshirted his junior year in compliance with NCAA transfer rules.
Spring Ball: Simmons has shown tremendous potential throughout the spring as he competes for a starting spot on a defensive line that lost key starters Devon Kennard, Morgan Breslin and George Uko from last season. He's currently working on developing his pass rush skills and technique, specifically focusing on his footwork.
Wilcox on Simmons: "Delvon has improved daily, and he's played obviously in college football before, but I think he's a guy who will continue to develop and get better and better. He just needs to continue to develop fundamentally, but I think he's a guy that can definitely help us."
Here is Simmons with our Caroline Deisley...