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Simmons adds big ACC offer

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Jordan Simmons, who has already been invited to the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, has picked up more big offers.
Miami, SMU and New Mexico State are the three latest offers for the 6-foot-5, 295-pound prospect who transferred to Encino (Calif.) Crespi this past season. He started on the offensive line and helped lead the Celts to an 8-4 record.
The Hurricanes are obviously the biggest of those offers but new coach Al Golden and his staff will have lots of competition to try to land one of Southern California's best junior prospects.
Schools already on Simmons' offer list include Florida, USC, UCLA, Washington, San Diego State and New Mexico. Watch out for Oregon, too, because the Ducks are showing interest and Simmons wants to major in design.
Simmons, formerly of Los Angeles Dorsey, was one of the best prospects at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp last spring at USC and the B2G Elite Camp at Cal Lutheran. Rivals.com included him on its All-NIKE Camp team for offense.
Although Simmons has a bunch of early offers - including a few ones from national programs like USC, Florida, Miami and others - don't expect him to make a quick decision. Simmons recently told Rivals.com that he wants to enjoy the recruiting process and could hold out until the end to make a commitment.
Simmons is considered one of the best offensive linemen on the West Coast for the 2012 recruiting class. Another prospect that deserves that type of recognition is Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes standout Zach Banner, who has also been invited to the Army game.
Banner, a 6-foot-9, 310-pound recruit, lists offers from pretty much the entire Pac-10 along with Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State and many others.
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