"It was a combination of a lot of things that I liked about the school. I like the fact that USC is a private school so they really stress academics. I didn't see much of the campus while I was there but the parts that I saw I liked a lot. I plan to get down there later this year for an official visit. My plan is to major in business management with a minor in communications."
The main thing that sticks out about Simmons on the field is his size. We had a chance to watch him this year at several camps and he is simply a big, big man. Derek weighed 245 at the beginning of last season but he has added close to 35 pounds to his 6-5 frame and is one of the most physically imposing players on the field. When you combine that with 4.95 speed in the 40 (his time at the SC camp) it is easy to see how he ended up with a Trojan offer.
Derek had 72 total tackles last year (49 solo) to go along with 12 sacks. He played both defensive end and defensive tackle for the Indians but says his preference is to play end at the college level.
"I like defensive end because there's more you can do on the outside instead of being contained on the inside. My strength as a player is my speed for a big guy and that works well on the outside. I'm also coachable so I will do whatever the coaches want.
"I'm a very intense player and Coach Jethro Franklin is one of the main reasons I wanted to go to USC. He's a crazy guy, he gets wild out there. I'm just like that. With Coach Carroll, you can see about him when he was out there at the camp riding around the field on his motorcart. That shows even the best in the world can be out there having fun, you don't always have to be serious to get the job done."
Simmons becomes the third Trojan commit for the upcoming class.
Class of 2006 Commitments