Former USC Trojans defensive back Lamont Simmons is headed to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech confirmed the addition on the football program’s official Twitter page.
Defensive back Lamont Simmons, a native of Jacksonville, FL, has transferred from USC. He'll be eligible as a redshirt sophomore in 2016.
— Georgia Tech Football (@GeorgiaTechFB) July 16, 2015
A former three-star recruit out of William M. Raines High School in Jacksonville, Simmons chose USC over offers from Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Auburn, Michigan State, East Carolina and Wisconsin, among many others. He took a redshirt last year and while no reason for his transfer was given, it likely had to do with being on the lower end of the Trojans’ depth chart.
Oddly enough, back in June, Scout.com reported Georgia Tech as being a potential transfer destination for Simmons.
Simmons will have to sit out this season because of NCAA transfer rules, but in 2016 will become part of a Georgia Tech secondary that could use some help. The Yellow Jackets ranked 91st in the nation last year in passing defense and 98th the year before. Though that is small improvement, the team will need to up its overall defense if it plans to contend for a national title. Hopefully, the addition of Simmons along with other future pieces will help the program do just that.
Georgia Tech opens the 2015 season, its eighth under coach Paul Johnson, at home against the SWAC’s Alcorn State Braves on September 3.
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