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McKeesport star asks North Carolina to release him

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

McKeesport's Delvon Simmons, one of the WPIAL's most highly recruited football players, has asked North Carolina to release him from his letter of intent so he can play elsewhere.

His high school coach, Jim Ward, said Simmons made the request three weeks ago and recently provided UNC with a list of alternate schools he's considering.

Simmons, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive tackle, signed Feb. 2 with North Carolina, choosing the Tar Heels over Southern Cal, Texas Tech and Oregon, among others. Simmons was the only player from Pennsylvania at U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and was ranked by as the state's top recruit from this year's senior class.

Less than a week after signing day, defensive line coach Brian Baker left North Carolina for the Dallas Cowboys. Baker would have been Simmons' position coach.

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