Great Expectations

As he prepares for his senior season, the top receiver in the West, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa's Markques Simas is ready to live up to the high expectations on the field while still going through his recruitment.

San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa receiver Markques Simas (6-3, 200), who many consider the top receiver in the West in the Class of 2007, hasn't picked up any recent scholarship offers, and things generally remain the same in his recruitment.

"I don't have any new offers, just the same ones," said Simas. "My top five right now is Colorado, Michigan, San Diego State, Arizona and California. All of those schools have offered me."

Simas had long maintained USC and UCLA as his top two schools, but both schools seemed to fade over the course of the spring and summer. Now, Simas thinks that could partly change again.

"I've got the academic thing all cleared up now. I went to summer school so now I just need to talk to them and get them my grades. I'm hoping to hear from them now. There is still time for them to get back into it."

For now, though, Colorado and San Diego State are standing out to Simas, though he denies a leader. "San Diego State is close by and they're telling me I can do a lot of things and help out the program and take the program to the next level," said Simas. "It's the hometown school and the coaches are real cool. Colorado likes to throw the ball and I'm really feeling them right now."

Cal, Arizona and Michigan are also doing enough to stay In Simas' top five and he's hoping to set up visits with Cal and Arizona for the fall. "I've got three set up, with Michigan, Colorado and San Diego State," said Simas. "I'm hoping to have a decision in December."

Earlier this spring, Simas attended the Scout.com Combine, where he was one of the elite offensive players in attendance, running a 4.57 40 while beating just about every DB in the one-on-ones. He then attended the Nike Camp at Stanford, and also participated in the USC Skills Camp, but spent the rest of the summer with his Mira Mesa basketball team and didn't get much of a chance to camp anywhere else.

His attention has focused back to the gridiron, though, as Mira Mesa is hoping to get to the new State Championship game, and they're setting up the schedule that could allow for that to happen.

"We open with Vista then we get Long Beach Poly and we also play St. Augustine," said Simas. "We're feeling pretty good that we can go undefeated and qualify for the Division I Championship. Our new quarterback is fitting in real nice."

Whoever plays quarterback for the Marauders will get the rare opportunity to throw to what many feel are the state's top receiver (Simas) and top tight end Nate Chandler). In fact, when Mira Mesa plays Long Beach Poly, it will be a matchup of arguably the top receiver and top cornerback.

"I'll be going up against Donovan Warren, which should be fun," said Simas. "I just want to live up to the expectations.

As a junior, Simas, an all-state underclass selection, had 41 catches for 875 yards and 16 touchdowns.


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