Four-star Class of 2011 defensive tackle Delvon Simmons (McKeesport, Pa./Area) has decided on a new school. The former North Carolina signee will head to Lubbock, Texas and play for Texas Tech.
Delvon Simmons will head to Texas Tech.
"It was his decision,” McKeesport area head coach Jim Ward said. “I supported him in what he did. He had been thinking about Texas Tech) for some time. Then he told me last night what he wanted to do."
In one of the biggest signing day surprises, Simmons signed with Tar Heels, citing his relationship with then-UNC defensive line coach Brian Baker. Baker left for a job in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys shortly thereafter. Simmons then requested and was granted a release from North Carolina.
Simmons will not be the only prospect from his high school at Texas Tech. Three-star linebacker Branden Jackson signed with the Red Raiders in the 2011 class.
"That's not why you choose a college, but I think it's going to be big for him, having Branden there,” Ward said. “That will be big for him. It always makes that transition easier, having a familiar face."
The coaching staff at Texas Tech also played a big role in his decision.
"(Red Raiders head coach) Tommy Tuberville obviously has a great track record -- both as an assistant and a head coach,” Ward said. “I think all of the people, including Robert Prunty (who recruited Jackson and Simmons), around the program were a big factor in the decision as well.
"Prunty really represented all of the people at Texas Tech. He did an excellent job of recruiting and developing a relationship with the kids. I think there was a real comfort level there."
So two prospects from western Pennsylvania will now head to west Texas for their college careers.
"(Texas Tech) is definitely something new and different for (Jackson and Simmons)," Ward said.