Simmons tweets he's headed to USC

Former Texas Tech defensive tackle Delvon Simmons will transfer to USC, according to a post on his Twitter account.

@delvonsimmons52: Just made it official I'm gonna be a USC Trojan #FightOn

Simmons (6-foot-5, 290 pounds) had taken visits to USC and Miami in recent weeks and was also known to also be considering Pittsburgh and Penn State. He prepped at McKeeseport (Pa.) High and was ranked as the No. 25 defensive tackle in the nation by ESPN for the class of 2011. Simmons chose Texas Tech after considering USC and North Carolina (he had originally given a verbal to the Tar Heels).

Simmons played in 10 games as a true freshman reserve in 2011 for the Red Raiders and totaled 13 tackles. As a full-time starter in 2012, he had 27 tackles, six tackles for loss and two sacks.

As a transfer, Simmons will be required to sit out the 2013 season for the Trojans and will have two years of eligibility remaining in 2014.

Simmons will count against the class of 2013 for the Trojans as the team did not fill five of their available spots in that class. This now means USC will have 19 spots to bring in during this recruiting cycle, 15 spots on signing day and four spots which will count as early enrollees. USC will also have room for Simmons under the 75-man roster limit imposed by the NCAA sanctions, the Trojans were scheduled to enter fall camp with 69 available bodies after the spring injury to George Farmer.