Posted by Tom Fornelli
Texas Tech's defensive line got some depth on Wednesday when it was announced that defensive tackle Delvon Simmons had been cleared to play by the NCAA.
Simmons originally signed a letter of intent to attend North Carolina in February, but asked to be released a month later when North Carolina's defensive line coach, Brian Baker, left the program to take a job in the NFL. Simmons ended up at Texas Tech in April though he couldn't officially be considered a member of the team until he took classes at the school.
He'd been practicing with the team even though his eligibility to play this year had been in doubt before this clearance from the NCAA.
Simmons was one of the top-rated defensive tackles in the country coming out of high school, and it's possible he may be the "best" recruit that Texas Tech has ever landed. Even in the Mike Leach years.
“Delvon has the ability to be a difference maker in our program,” said head coach Tommy Tuberville in April. ”He is an explosive and disruptive player and an outstanding athlete. We are thrilled to have him.”
Tuberville is no doubt a bit more thrilled after hearing today's decision.