Simmons Talks Pitt Offer

McKeesport (PA) defensive tackle Delvon Simmons already received seven official offers from Division I programs. Schools from the Big East, ACC and Big Ten targeted the 6-5, 265-pound lineman.

Late last week, he picked up an offer he was expecting, from the Pitt Panthers.

"(Thursday), my coach (Jim Ward) called me and told me that Pitt offered," Simmons said. "It was early that morning, that I got the offer. I was real excited."

Simmons had been down to Pitt for a spring practice, and was also invited down to Pitt's prospect camp. The staff wanted to give Simmons the offer in person, but instead gave it to him through his head coach. They just wanted him to have the offer in his hands, in-person or not.

"When I went down to spring practice, they were talking about offering me," Simmons said. "I think I was real close to getting the offer (in the spring). I thought it was going to be my first one, but it didn't turn out that way. I'm happy I got it."

Simmons hopes to get back down to Pitt, mostly for a look at the academics. He will likely accompany his team to Pitt's 7-on-7 passing camp this weekend, but getting a look at Pitt's academic program--which has already been heralded by recent commits Artie Rowell and Bill Belton as a factor in their commitments--is a priority.

"They said if I wanted to, I could come down for an academics presentation, which is good," Simmons said. "I've pretty much seen the facilities."

Simmons and teammate Branden Jackson are slated to take an unofficial trip to North Carolina later this summer. Outside of that, there's not too much else on the slate. For now, Simmons is happy to have the offer from his hometown team.

"Yeah, I'm happy I got it."

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