According to two Scout Media sources, including National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn, redshirt freshman cornerback Lamont Simmons has initiated the process of transferring to another program before the 2015 season.
The Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines product was the No. 43 cornerback in the country coming out of high school. He picked the Trojans on Signing Day in 2014 and played well during player-run practices that summer. However when players reported for fall camp, Simmons showed some flashes but not enough to be a part of the defensive back rotation. He redshirted his freshman season behind fellow true freshman cornerbacks Adoree Jackson and Jonathan Lockett.
Simmons is still expected to meet with USC officials to discuss the transfer and his options. While USC would need to grant Simmons his release, that has not been a problem for other players looking to transfer in the past. As long as Simmons isn't looking to transfer to another Pac-12 program, it is unlikely USC officials would restrict him from leaving to a school outside the conference.
If USC were to deny permission of a transfer, Simmons would be forced to go to a junior college before making the move back to a D-1 school.
The Trojan football team started summer conditioning workouts this week, but Lamont Simmons was not in attendance.
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