Simmons Enjoys Coliseum Experience

Encino (CA) Crespi offensive lineman Jordan Simmons made his first visit to the Coliseum since committing to USC, and was impressed with the big game atmosphere. Look inside for the details.

The USC Trojans lost a heartbreaking triple-overtime game against Stanford on Saturday, leaving players and fans emotionally drained as they exited the Coliseum, but the reaction from recruits has been nothing but positive for the Men of Troy.

"It was exciting, I felt welcomed, and the game was intense," USC commit Jordan Simmons said. "They sat me by the recruits that were committed to USC, so we were all talking."

Jordan Simmons will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, TX.
Simmons was joined by several of the top 2012 prospects in California for the big Pac-12 showdown including: Ellis McCarthy, Scott Starr, Jahleel Pinner, Darreus Rogers, Jaydon Mickens, Kevon Seymour and Derrick Woods.

It was the first time that Simmons, a four-star offensive lineman from Encino (CA) Crespi High School, attended a USC home game since announcing his commitment, and he came away very impressed with the atmosphere inside the historic stadium.

"It was really loud and I was on my feet half the time," he said. "Crespi is a college prep so we get that a little bit here, but USC is 90,000-plus people, so it was crazy."

The four-star lineman says he can't wait to run out of the tunnel and onto the Coliseum turf wearing the cardinal and gold. He also admitted that he wouldn't mind spending a Saturday afternoon having some fun in the student section.

"I would like to sit in the student section just one time to get the feeling, even though I am going to be on the field playing," Simmons said with a big grin. "It looked like it was fun. They were all rocking back and forth and going crazy."

While the Trojans weren't able to pull off the upset win on Saturday, they did stand toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the country, which was a very encouraging sign for the future.

"It got me excited because they got running backs and they have the talent," Simmons said. "To me, they could have beat Stanford if not for some mistakes, and that just lets you know that USC is back on a roll.

"As soon as this bowl ban is over with we should be back on top."

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