Recruiting Report: Oregon eyes McKeesport defensive duo
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McKeesport's Delvon Simmons and Branden Jackson are two of the WPIAL's top players who haven't made a college decision yet. Their recruiting saga is taking twists and turns all over the country.
An assistant coach from Oregon plans to visit McKeesport next week and McKeesport coach Jim Ward said the Ducks probably will offer scholarships to both players.
Jackson is 6 feet 5, 223 pounds, and is being recruited as a defensive end. Simmons (6-5, 265) is a defensive lineman and Penn State started recruiting him in the past few weeks. Penn State has only four recruits from the class of 2011.
"They might offer me," Simmons said.
Ward said: "Penn State wants Delvon to come up for an official visit. I don't think they want to offer until he gets a chance to meet with Joe Paterno."
Jackson made an official visit to Texas Tech a month ago. Both players visited Rutgers a few weekends ago. Simmons plans to visit Iowa, and Cincinnati just offered Simmons a few days ago.
On top of that, Ward said he received a text message from a Pitt coach last week and the Panthers want to know if they can get involved with both players again. Pitt already had offered Jackson. The Panthers also had offered Simmons, but pulled back the scholarship when a few other defensive linemen made verbal commitments.
There is not much in the WPIAL basketball senior class, in terms of Division I college players. But some juniors in the WPIAL keep getting more and more looks from Division I schools. Gateway's Tyler Scott and Barnett Harris already have Division I offers. Anthony Dallier, a 6-5 guard-forward at North Allegheny, has a scholarship offer from Duquesne and made an unofficial visit to Michigan a few weeks ago. Penn State and some other Division I schools also are interested. J.C. Howard, a junior guard at North Allegheny, also is getting looks from Division I colleges.
First Published October 8, 2010 1:35 am