Fairfield (Calif.) Armijo defensive lineman Derek Simmons ended the recruiting process early when he committed to USC following the Trojans summer camp back in July. The talented rush end is still very happy with his decision but said he wants to take a couple of other visits just to make sure he made the right choice. His first visit will be this weekend when he heads to the Northwest.
Simmons, 6-4, 270 pounds is a great looking prospect who has the size and athleticism to play inside or outside in college. He plays on the edge in high school and that's also where he would like to play in college. Simmons had a strong showing at the NorCal Nike camp and then really blew up at the Trojans over night camp. Simmons was offered during the camp and committed almost on the spot.
"I still love USC and my commitment is still solid," Simmons said. "The thing for me is I committed so early, I just want to make sure it's the best place for me. I don't have anything to compare it to since I never checked out any other schools so I'm going to take a couple of visits just to be 100% certain USC is the right place for me. I told the coaches at USC I was going to do this and they're fine with it."
Simmons will take his first this weekend to Washington State (Nov. 11) when the Cougars take on Oregon.
"I'm also going to set a visit with Oregon so it's kind of cool I'll be able to see both of those teams play this weekend. My visit to USC is (Dec. 16) and that's supposed to be a big recruiting weekend for them. It has been great watching them play this year. They're on an incredible run right now and I'm looking forward to my visit."
On the year, Simmons said he has played against constant double and even triple teams but he has still managed his fair share of tackles and nine quarterback sacks.
"I also played tight end for the first time last game and caught two touchdown passes," Simmons said. "Overall I caught seven passes for 111 yards and the two scores. It was great, I wish I had played it the whole season but defense is where I'll be playing for sure in college. It sure was fun getting the ball in my hands though and making some plays on that side of the ball."