2015: Simmons, a junior in 2015 who was switched from offensive guard to defensive tackle in 2015 fall camp, sat out USC’s first 8 games after spraining his knee in 2015 fall camp and then saw action briefly in 1 game in 2015 (Wisconsin, on special teams) when he returned healthy. He has battled knee injuries every year at USC.
2014: Simmons, a sophomore offensive guard in 2014 coming off a 2013 knee injury, saw brief action at Boston College, then hurt his knee prior to the Oregon State game and was sidelined the rest of 2014. He sat out 2014 spring practice while recovering from a 2013 knee injury.
2013: Simmons served as a backup offensive guard and tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2013. He suffered a knee injury prior to the Utah game and was sidelined for the rest of the season. He saw action in USC’s first 7 games of 2013.
2012: Simmons redshirted as a freshman offensive tackle and guard in 2012, his first year at USC. He had knee surgery prior to the season and was sidelined for the first half of the season. He was named USC’s Offensive Service Team Player of the Year.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2011 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Rivals.com All-American first team, USA Today All-USA second team, ESPNHS.com All-American second team, Super Prep Elite 50, Sporting News Top 125, Prep Star Top 150 Dream Team, ESPNU 150, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division, Los Angeles Times All-Area and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team as a senior offensive lineman at Crespi High in Encino (Calif.).
As a junior in 2010, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team and All-Serra League first team. Current Trojan Marvell Tell III also prepped at Crespi.
He attended Dorsey High in Los Angeles (Calif.) as a 2009 sophomore, making All-L.A. City Division I first team as a defensive lineman.
PERSONAL: He is an African American studies major at USC. Some of his artwork was displayed at the 2014 “Artletics” on-campus exhibit that featured the works of USC student-athletes.