UCF Commit Injured

UCF has already accumulated a very strong group of commitments for the 2009 recruiting class. The Knights have 14 commits so far, but one of the best players in the class is struggling with injuries for the second year in a row, but he will not let that hold him back.

Deon Simon committed to UCF in early August, putting an exclamation mark on UCF's amazing summer. The Knights' 13th commitment is ranked as a three-star defensive end and is listed by Scout.com as the 58th best player in the country at his position.

Last season Simon totaled 71 tackles and 10 sacks, and that was with a high ankle sprain. Simon overcame injuries for Glen Oaks H.S. (LA.) last year but has unfortunately seen more obstacles this year.

"I hurt my knee in a game this week," Simon told InsideKnights.com. "I was going for a tackle and one of my teammates went in for a tackle too and went under my knee with his head down."

Simon will get an MRI later this week, as he isn't sure of the extent on his injury. Unfortunately for Simon, his team has struggled during the season, adding insult to injury.

"Things are going good now, we're 1-4."

Although injuries have hampered Simon's last two seasons, he remains determined to not let them define him as a player.

"We'll see what happens with my knee, but I'm going to do whatever it takes."

Moving forward, Simon will continue to work hard and try to take care of business on and off the field. Since he committed to UCF, Simon has received attention from several schools.

"Houston and Louisiana Tech haven't offered me yet, but they are showing a lot of interest."

Simon has offers from UCF, Colorado, Kentucky and Southern Miss, but the Knights have made the biggest impression on him.

"When I went to campus earlier this year I really liked how things were ran. It's a great program. I'm keeping my recruitment open and I think I might head to UCF for another visit, but everything is tentative right now."

No other school has made as big an impact on Simon as UCF and it's likely to stay that way, although he will keep his options open, like most players. Simon is noted as a hard worker and will be anxiously awaiting his MRI result later this week in hopes of being able to still contribute during his senior season.


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