We recently had a chance for a brief chat with one of SC's latest linebacker additions, Melvin Simmons, about being a Trojan. This is what he had to say:
TD: Champ, how do you feel about making the move to SC?
MS: I am thrilled to wear this uniform and be at SC.
TD: What are some of the differences between SC and WSU?
MS: Washington State is great and everything, but it can't compare to SC. The support the program gets here is awesome. School's about twice as hard here, but the education is worth it.
TD: Speaking of education, how's Marvin doing with school?
MS: Marvin is over at my place nearly every night working on the books. I've always been more disciplined in that area and we are both making sure Marvin is getting it done.
TD: You two plan on playing linebacker here together?
MS: Definitely. What our real goal is is to get our younger brother in here at the same time so that we can be together for my last year.
TD: At WSU, how did you perform?
MS: I was one of the leading tacklers with I think 60 plus tackles. I've worked hard this year to bring my game to another level, though.
TD: How do you think you'll perform next year?
MS: Well, let's put it this way, I took the time to come down here and I plan to make the most of it. We've got some great players on this team and I plan on being on the field with them.
TD: Where will you line up?
TD: How would you describe yourself as a player?
MS: I'd say that I'm smart, strong and have excellent instincts. I'm always around the ball.
TD: Where's your speed and weight at?
MS: I'm currently 6'2", maybe a touch more. I weigh 245lbs and run a 4.5 forty. My game speed, though, is what has always been good for me. I think that has more to do with sensing the movement on a play and then reacting quick enough to be there to blow it up.
TD: Nice. I'll let you go, but before I do, who should Trojan fans be most excited about seeing on the field next year?
MS: The entire team. I think our defense and offense are going to be awesome this year. Playing for the coaches here is exciting. They really care about where this team is going. I'm just glad to be a part of it. I guess if I had to pick one player, besides myself (laughs), it's Justin Fargas. He's one of the best backs I've ever seen. If we have Mal, Sultan and the other boys, man our backfield is going to be crazy.
TD: Thank you. Oh, any regrets coming down here, now with how well WSU is doing?
MS: No. I'm really happy for the guys up there and Coach Price, but this is where I belong.
TD: Take care.
MS: Fight on.
Melvin "Champ" Simmons is a great kid. I know we say that all the time about these guys, but it's true about Champ. He's an awesome student, a stud and humble to boot. I think we are blessed to have him and I know he will make sure Marvin gets it together in time to join him on the field at SC. The Simmons brothers could become a legacy no Trojan will soon forget.