Simmons Follows Family

There is a family in Southern California that could be considered a football factory in its own right -- the Simmons family. The latest brother -- Compton Dominguez's 6-2, 205-pound linebacker/safety Maurice Simmons -- is another high D-1 player, and just received a Pac-10 offer...

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez linebacker Maurice Simmons (6-2, 205), another in a long line of Simmons brothers, picked up a local scholarship offer last weekend.

"I just got offered by UCLA," said Simmons. "Coach (Todd) Howard is the one recruiting me. He put me on the phone with Coach (Karl) Dorrell and Coach (DeWayne) Walker and they offered."

The offer for Simmons came after the UCLA staff's received his transcripts. "Once they got my 3.4 GPA, they said they would offer and we just sent them my grades," said Simmons. "Coach Howard said to call him for the offer and that's when Coach Dorrell got on the phone."

Simmons, one of the best linebackers in the West in this class, likely will play safety at the next level and that is where UCLA envisions him playing. "The coaches all mentioned me as a safety and that my speed is evident," said Simmons. "Coach Howard said my hitting ability is deadly."

Simmons was at last weekend's meet-and-greet at USC and the Trojans will be one of the key teams in his recruitment. "Coach (Ken) Norton said he wants me and Marquis (the youngest Simmons and possibly the best of the bunch) the more he watches us," said Simmons. "Coach Norton said I was tops on his board and he can't wait to coach me."

Simmons hasn't picked up an offer from USC just yet, but the Trojans are standing out along with Ole Miss, whose head coach, Ed Orgeron, recruited or coached his older brothers Melvin and Marvin.

The offer from UCLA gives Simmons a total of six, with Oregon, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Nebraska and Colorado also having extended offers.

The San Gabriel Valley League Defensive Player of the Year as a junior, Simmons helped the Dons to their second-straight CIF section title. He had 150 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. As a sophomore he had 109 tackles and nine sacks.

Next month, Simmons will be back at the Combine in Los Angeles. Last year as a sophomore, Simmons was one of the standouts at linebacker at the combine.

Academically, Simmons looks to be an easy qualifier.

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