Simmons Hard at Work

Four-star linebacker Maurice Simmons was enjoying a successful senior year at Dominguez HS in Compton, CA. He had just committed to USC, where he will follow in the footsteps of his oldest brother Champ, who played linebacker for the Trojans in 2002 and 2003. When suddenly he heard a snap and his senior year was over in an instant.

Four-star linebacker Maurice Simmons was enjoying a successful senior year at Dominguez HS in Compton, CA. He had just committed to USC, where he will follow in the footsteps of his oldest brother Champ, who played linebacker for the Trojans in 2002 and 2003. When suddenly he heard a snap and his senior year was over in an instant. Simmons, like Marc Tyler did a year earlier, broke his Fibula and Tibia in a game against Gahr HS.

Since suffering the horrible injury in October, Simmons has been solely focused on the long road of rehabbing his injured leg.

"Rehab is going great actually. I have been going to Kaiser and getting my rehab. They have a workout gym and I go there and workout," Simmons said. "Everyday my leg is getting stronger and stronger. I am able to walk a little faster. When I first got out I was walking real slow. It's picking up but it is a long process."

Simmons has a lot of hard work ahead of him and isn't sure whether he will be able to participate in Fall Camp. "I'm trying to work towards that and getting my leg right. I really don't know right now. It all depends on how the leg heals and everything," Simmons said when asked about his availability for fall.

While the injury has been a major setback, Simmons couldn't be more optimistic about his future at USC and is excited about fulfilling his life-long dream of being a Trojan.

"I always wanted to go there and the coaching staff coached like they were players on the team. They were always really excited and they got after their players. I just watched how they coached and how they acted and they were like one of the players and I loved that," Simmons said. "One of the things that I look for in a coach is someone that is a great coach but that is fun too.

"You can't get a better education. A private school, the tradition is there and you have coaches like Pete Carroll and Ken Norton."


Maurice Simmons
The rehab sessions can be painful and tedious but the thought of playing for two great defensive minded coaches like Pete Carroll and Ken Norton help Simmons get through his daily routine.

"What I like about Pete Carroll is he can actually set a game plan and he can achieve it. Whatever he sets his mind out to do he can do it," Simmons said of his future head coach. "He's a winning coach, that's what I love most about him and his energy. The energy that he puts on the field, it just seems like if they would hand him a helmet and shoulder pads he would be a player."

Coming from a family of 11 children, including seven boys, all of which have played linebacker, Simmons already knows a thing or two about the position. During his recruitment he was looking for more than just your average linebacker coach and was able to find it in USC's Ken Norton.

"It's just awesome to have a coach that has won Super Bowl after Super Bowl. You know that he knows what he is talking about," said Simmons. "When it comes to Ken Norton you know he is right because he has already done it."

The 6-1, 213-pound outside linebacker has the speed and instincts to become a real difference maker in the Trojans' defensive scheme. For Simmons the chance to play alongside the best players in the nation and be coached by Ken Norton was the perfect fit.

"One of the main reasons I chose USC was because I knew I would have a coach that would help me excel and bring me to a new level," Simmons said of Ken Norton. "I looked at the linebackers that they have now and what they were ranked. They are All-Americans and maybe the best linebacker corps in all of college football and that is the type of team that I want to play on. They don't have just one good linebacker but three or four linebackers."

The Simmons family itself has more than just one good linebacker. Maurice will soon be joined at USC by his little brother Marquis, who is one of the top linebacker recruits in the 2009 class and committed to the Trojans.


USC linebacker recruit Maurice Simmons.


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