It always seemed like only a matter of time before USC decided to offer Comtpon (Calif.) Dominguez linebacker Maurice Simmons. What was never in doubt was how quickly the talented 'backer would jump on it and that happened earlier today.
Simmons, 6-1, 200 pounds said it has been his dream to wear the cardinal and gold ever since watching his older brother Champ play for the Trojans. That dream was realized moments ago.
"I'm here right now at SC and just committed," Simmons said. "I really can't describe the feeling, this is where I've always wanted to be. I actually had some doubts whether they wanted me or not because they really weren't recruiting me that hard until recently.
"Things really picked up in the last two weeks and then I talked with Coach Norton yesterday. He told me to come down to the campus today and they were going to offer me and that's just what happened.
"I met with Coach Carroll and he told me he wanted me to continue the Simmons tradition and be a Trojan. As soon as he offered me, I jumped on it, I didn't waste any time at all, I knew this is where I wanted to be.
"For me, it's a lot of reasons, not just that my brother went there. I love Coach Norton as a LB coach, the school is close to home, they're competing for championships and Coach Carroll is a great head coach. I'm just thankful for the opportunity and very excited to have my decision out of the way."
Simmons is easily among the nation's top linebacker prospects and is a two time all-state underclass selection. As a junior, Simmons racked up 150 tackles, three sacks and forced three fumbles in helping the Dons to their second straight CIF championship.