Posted by Bryan Fischer
One of the last pieces in the class of 2011 has finally found a home.
Former North Carolina signee, McKeesport (Pa.) defensive tackle Delvon Simmons has selected Texas Tech after asking for - and was granted - his release following the departure of Tar Heels' defensive line coach Brian Baker less than a week after Signing Day.
The 6-foot-5, 270 pound Simmons was considering USC, Pitt, Auburn and Oregon before finally selecting Texas Tech, according to Chris Level of RedRaiderSports.com.
Simmons was one of the top defensive tackles in the country, ranked as the 8th best in the nation by CBSSports/MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming.
The four-star player joins high school teammate Branden Jackson, a defensive end, as part of the Red Raiders' class of 2011. Because the signing period is over, Simmons can only sign financial aid papers with the school. As a result, Simmons can still be recruited by schools so it might be a few more months before he actually enrolls before Tech fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief.