Simmons solidifies ASU pledge

Aderious Simmons committed to the Sun Devils sight unseen. He still visited San Diego State after that commitment thus he considered his pledge to Arizona State then soft in nature. Following his official visit to Tempe, the El Camino junior college offensive lineman Simmons told Devils Digest that his commitment to the maroon and gold is now concrete.

"The visit went real good," said the 6-7 280 Aderious Simmons. "I finally got to meet all the coaches and players. Omar Bolden and ‘Tank' (Jonathan English) hosted me and showed me a good time. I got to see all the facilities…it was a real nice time.

"I was very impressed by the stadium. They played the Super Bowl there once and it was real nice. My commitment is definitely solid now after the trip."

The El Camino standout naturally got to spend time with offensive line coach Gregg Smith on the visit.

"We watched game film from some of my games at ElCo," Simmons remarked. "He pointed out some stuff to me on tape that I need to work on. So I know I will improve once I come here."

There is certainly a lot of upside associated with Simmons, who's playing experience has only been at El Camino this past season and Pasadena City College the year before. The lineman hit the ground running at both Los Angeles area schools and quickly became a fixture on both teams' offensive lines.

"I was surprised how well I played and so were the coaches,'" Simmons said in a previous interview. "It's just all came to me easy I guess, but I did work hard to get to where I am at."

Simmons, who is being recruited by wide receivers coach Eric Yarber, committed to the Arizona State a couple of weeks ago along with fellow lineman Chris DeArmas, and Simmons is naturally happy to have a familiar face on his new team.

At this time it's unclear whether Simmons will be able to sign as a mid-year transfer this week or only in February. Regardless of the scenario he will be a two for two player in terms of eligibility.

"I have to get back to ElCo and check on that," Simmons commented about his eligibility. "They made a mistake on my residency and that has caused a big issue. I just hope it gets taken care of so I can be out there in the spring."

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