Encino (CA) Crespi offensive lineman Jordan Simmons made up his mind a month ago, letting only USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron know of his intentions, but Friday night he let the rest of the recruiting world in on his secret, by announcing his commitment to USC.
“I actually had my mind made up a month ago and knew where I was going. I just kept it on the down low,” Jordan Simmons explained. “I just feel comfortable at USC and I have a feeling that good things are to happen in the years to come.”
So how did Ed Orgeron, one of the most intense coaches in all of college football, react when he learned about the big news?
“Orgeron started going crazy on the phone. He said he started sweating and his heart almost popped out of his shirt,” Simmons said. “He said he had to go outside and cool himself down because I asked him not to tell anyone.”
Jordan Simmons is an Army All-American.
Simmons is the No.3 rated guard in the nation by Scout.com and adds depth to the offensive line, a major position of need for the Trojans in the 2012 class. The athletic big man picked USC over Oregon.
“It came down to life after football and academics,” Simmons said.
The 6-5, 340-pound lineman said the chance to play in front of his friends and family, along with his relationship with Ed Orgeron and offensive line coach James Cregg, were big factors in his decision.
“I have to say that coach Orgeron is a hell of a recruiter, he really is, he keeps it going. I want to say it’s his voice,” Simmons said with a big grin. “I can talk to him about anything. I have a really good connection with him.
“Coach Cregg is a really good offensive line coach. He knows his stuff and he can’t wait to get me.”
Now that he has made his commitment known, Simmons plans to become a major recruiter himself, trying to lure some of the top players in the country to join him in cardinal and gold.
“I am waiting for the list from the coach. I am going to be a heavy recruiter,” he said. “I am going to show my recruiting skills now.”
Once he arrives on campus, the four-star prospect says USC fans can expect to see a fierce competitor on the field and a quality person off the field.
“I’m a good person, respectful kid and I am hard working,” Simmons said. “I am just a good athlete and a good player.”
Simmons has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas.