Delvon Simmons, a 6’ 5", 265 pound defensive tackle out of McKeesport, Pennsylvania and the fifth-ranked defensive tackle prospect in the nation, has decided to sign with the University of North Carolina in a Signing Day surprise. Prior to the announcement Simmons was rumored to be choosing between USC and Oregon, and had already allegedly marked North Carolina off his list of potential schools.
Simmons’ commitment to the Tarheels continues a top 20 effort for Butch Davis that might be considered miraculous given the extremely negative press surrounding North Carolina in 2010. Carolina fell into an ineligibility scandal regarding improper agent contact and lost half of their starters for the opener against LSU. They were then forced to ride out the aftershocks of the remainder of the season, including the eventual permanent declaration of ineligibility for keystone defensive tackle Marvin Austin.
Nevertheless, a huge commit along the defensive line is textbook Davis recruiting since he’s been a defense-first coach since his days at Miami and has stocked the Tarheels’ line in recent years with blue-chip talent like Austin.
Our National Signing Day schedule has the full slate of high-profile announcements.