“My main position at my school right now is quarterback,” said Simon. “This is my third year starting at Bishop Dunne High School and I’m a senior. I’ve mixed in [playing] some receiver and safety this year as well.”
Recently, Simon was extended an offer by BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall bringing his total count to four scholarship offers.
“I was offered by BYU and I have three others,” said Simon. “My other three are Air Force, Grambling, and Cornell. I talked to Coach Mendenhall on the phone and he told me they were offering me. It was a great experience talking with Coach Mendenhall. BYU is one of the bigger schools that I’m talking to.
“We had a good conversation and we talked about a lot of different things. It really meant a lot to me, and I was really excited about it. I told my parents about it and they were also really excited and proud of me. I told my coaches and they were also excited and proud of me, so those are the offers I have right now.”
BYU wide receivers coach Guy Holliday has been Simon’s primary recruiter and the two have forged a good relationship throughout the process.
“Well, I’ve been in contact with Coach Holliday for a while now,” said Simon. “He’s a great guy and doesn’t always talk about football. He asks about my parents and about how school and my season is going. He’s really laid back and I really like him a lot.
The Texas native came out to Utah last summer to take part in BYU’s summer football camp. He enjoyed his short time in Provo over last summer.
“Last summer I came down to BYU for the summer camp as a quarterback,” said Simon. “It was a nice atmosphere and the coaches are great. I really liked it a lot. I went up there as a quarterback, but recently they reached out to me and said they wanted to start recruiting me as an athlete or receiver.”
While on campus last summer, Simon enjoyed the campus environment and surroundings. However, what he liked most about BYU was the atmosphere and the high moral standards that the university espouses to.
“I really liked the campus a lot. What I really liked about BYU first of all what they stand for,” said Simon. “They have great academics and are a great football program. The coaches there are all about building you up and helping you to become that great person. It’s about building great character and helping to shape you into being a good person.”
While Simon may have thrown the ball around during BYU’s summer camp, the Cougar coaches want to switch Simon from pass thrower to pass catcher. They see greater potential in him as a wide receiver at the next level and he’s perfectly fine with that.
“Yeah, I’m fine with that,” Simon said. “If BYU thinks that could fit their system as a wide receiver, I’m fine with that. That’s the position that they want me as and think I could be successful playing receiver and so I’m fine with that.
“When I was talking to the coaches they were just letting me know that they liked my speed and change of direction. They don’t really have any film of me playing receiver, but they’ve seen me play and do things and feel that I can be a good receiver. I’m pretty fast and run around a 4.44 (second) forty.”
With four scholarship offers on the table as of now, Simon is in no hurry. He wants to take his time, do his homework, and make sure that his final decision is the right one.
“Right now I’m just going to focus on my school, [the football] season and getting better,” said Simon. “I’m still in contact with all the schools that have offered me. I want to make sure that the school that I choose will be the right fit for me. I don’t think I’ll make a final decision any time soon so I know that I can make the right decision.”
TotalBlueSports.com will continue to monitor Simon’s play and recruitment throughout the coming months so stay tuned.