When Devin Lucien heard that 2012 standout offensive lineman Jordan Simmons was transferring from Los Angeles Dorsey to Encino (Calif.) Crespi, the three-star wide receiver was overjoyed and excited to welcome him to a new team.
"I was too happy," Lucien said. "I was the first person to go up to him, give him a big hug and bring him in as a brother. That's the first thing I wanted to do. I love Jordan. He's a great player. He's huge, he's athletic and he's a basketball player, too. He's going to go far."
Simmons is a 6-foot-5, 333-pound offensive tackle who dominates on the line. Rarely do defensive ends get around him not only because he's so massive but because he has good footwork and technique. He's not just a big body. Simmons knows the position and continues to get better.
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"It changed our offensive line," Crespi coach Jon Mack said. "It's not only what Jordan does. It's what he brings to that unit, the other four guys, and how they feed off him.
"We start three sophomores, a junior and a senior so those young guys need two veterans on the edge to make them feel good."
Simmons is projected as one of the top 2012 offensive linemen in California next season and already has verbal offers from USC, Florida, UCLA, Washington, New Mexico, San Diego State and others.
Many consider him a national recruit who could basically choose whichever college he wants to attend.
This past off-season Simmons dominated at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp, the UCLA and USC camps and at the B2G Elite Camp at Cal Lutheran.
Simmons has already made a name for himself and continued his solid play last weekend in a 14-point win over Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta. As the season continues, Simmons is expected to continue his dominance and continue to prove he's one of the nation's best offensive linemen in the 2012 class.