Since bursting onto the scene as a freshman at Cordov High, the 6-2, 205 Simon has become one of the top players in Alabama regardless of class and has set the stage to be one of the more highly recruited players in the state next year.
On Saturday he led his Cordova team to its first state football title in a decade with a 21-13 victory over perennial championship contender Clay County. In that game Simon rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns on just 18 carries and also added big plays on defense for the Blue Devils. For his efforts he was named Class 3A Championship Game Most Valuable Player.
He says that winning a state title is something he only dreamed about, but this past weekend he made it a reality.
"We worked hard over the summer and went to camps as a team," Simon says. "We stayed as one and it paid off. It feels real good.
"It has been since 1995 (for Cordova) and it feels good to come out and win a state championship," he adds. "We've had our minds set on this for four years. We've worked hard in the weight room. It paid off."
Simon could play on either side of the ball on the next level.
In the first quarter Simon and the Blue Devils' offense was bottled up by a fast Clay County defense as he had just two yards rushing on four carries in the first 12 minutes. Deciding to stick with what got them to the championship game, they refused to quit running the football and Simon says that sooner or later he knew it would pay off.
"When Coach (Scott Basden) wants to run the ball I know he's going to give it to either me or Daniel (fullback Daniel Ingram)," Simon says. "We usually get the job done and we did today."
Simon's big day in the state championship game added to what was already one of the best years for a running back in the state this season. In 15 games Simon rushed for 1,880 yards and 36 touchdowns on just 156 carries. His 12.05 yards per carry is a testament to Simon's ability to break the big play time and time again on the ground.
Those numbers are sure to make college coaches flock to Cordova in the spring to get a look at Simon for next year's evaluation process. He says while he hasn't heard from any schools at the moment, he's ready for that time in his life to begin.
"It's pretty exciting," Simon says. "Coach told me that if I wanted to play college ball he would get me there. I just have to keep my grades up. I have been doing every thing that he tells me to do and I'm happy right now.
Sporting a self-reported best 40-yard dash time of 4.53 seconds, Simon has the ability to play on either side of the ball and he showed that in Saturday's win with big plays on defense for Cordova. Perhaps the two biggest came on Clay County's final drive with the ball inside the Blue Devils' 10-yard line. Simon knocked down not one, but two passes from his safety position on third and fourth down to seal the victory. He says that wherever he has to play in college is fine by him.
"I like playing both of them," Simon says. "I get to move and I like to hit. That's where that defense comes in. It doesn't matter to me."
Simons says he plans to hit the camp circuit next summer and hopes to make trips to all his favorite schools between the end of his junior year and the start of football practice in the fall of 2008.