Jordan Simmons, the No. 29 rated recruit according to Rivals, has officially committed to the USC Trojans, making the announcement in a ceremony at Crespi High School in Encino, California, per Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com. The 6'5", 333-pound offensive guard committed to USC in October, but made the news official on Tuesday.
Simmons is part of an impressive class of offensive lineman for USC, joining fellow U.S. Army All-Americans Zach Banner of Lakewood, Washington (No. 16 per Rivals) and Max Tuerk of Santa Margarita, California (No. 46 per Rivals). Simmons is the sixth-rated offensive lineman by Rivals.
The Trojans lost Matt Kalil to the NFL, as the All-American left tackle is expected to be the top offensive lineman selected in April. Kalil was part of an offensive line that saw quarterback Matt Barkley get sacked just eight times in 2011. USC returns four starters from the offensive line in 2012: center Khaled Holmes, guards Marcus Martin and John Martinez, and tackle Kevin Graf.
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