RECRUITING: Two Leaders for Codrington

Analysts argue that playing in high school ball in South Florida gives recruits that much more an edge over their competitors around the country. South Miami offensive lineman Simon Codrington is just one example of a product that has played through the rigorous 6-A division in Miami, and his South Miami High School team has gotten off to a quick start.

"We are doing really good, and are 3-1 right now and 2-0 in our district," Codrington said. "We should be undefeated, but we lost to Krop by one point in our opening game in overtime."

Since that defeat, the Cobras have been on a roll and are gearing up for their big game against division rival Killian in two weeks, he said.

"After that loss we beat Southwest 56-6, Coral Park 33-8 and Varela 28-6," Codrington said. "If we beat Killian we are district champs."

Personally, Codrington has been focusing on improving his game speed overall. With the likes of 6-A defensive ends and linebackers bring the heat; his strong point is his pass protection, he said.

"Run blocking is where I have improved the most upon since last year," he added. "Protecting the quarterback when he's passing has always been a cinch. I've never given up a sack before."

With his season still running on full force, Codrington is making sure to give a 100% to a team, but he also managed to give the latest where he stands on the recruiting front.

Last time The Insiders had contacted the 6 foot 7 inch tackle; he had a solid top five in mind. Since then, the 50th ranked tackle, who holds over two dozen offers, moved one team down the list and two teams to the top.

"Miami hasn't offered me yet so they moved down to the bottom of my list," Codrington said. "My top four in no order are NC State, Florida, West Virginia and Auburn."

While each team brings plenty to the table, there are plenty of other schools that are giving him attention. The likes of Florida International, South Florida and Wisconsin have all been in contact with Codrington during his senior year. He is looking for the perfect balance in a school of college atmosphere, playing time and coaches, he said.

His season with South Miami has gone so well he hasn't had too much time to go to as much college game as he'd like to.

"I'm having a blast this year with my team, and the only game I've had a chance to go to was Miami versus Louisiana Tech," Codrington said. "Hopefully, I'd like to go up to Gainesville for a game and North Carolina State as well."

He hasn't cued up any visits right now, but his first could very well be a trip into Alabama.

"I'd like to wait till my year is over, but I might take an official visit to Auburn in about three weeks because we play Norland on a Thursday and they play at home that week," he said. "But at this point I'm not 100 percent sure"

One thing that worked out well for the Gators is the friendship that Codrington built last year with current Florida freshman linebacker Javier Estopinan.

"We are really good friends and he's one of the reasons why I got so good at blocking linebackers, because he was one of the best in the nation," Codrington said. "So he's one of the reasons why I've been able to get better and I've spoken with him once since he's been up there."

While on the topic of the Gators, Codrington had nothing but positive things to say about both Coach Zook and Red Anderson.

"I've talked to him a couple times and met him once and he's a real nice guy," he said. "He told me about what they are doing up there and he's a pretty good coach to me."

Staying in state would be nice so that his family could see him, but leaving the Sunshine state is a possibility he said. With the likes of perennial Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference team's offering him, he had two leaders.

"Right now, its Florida and NC State as my leaders," Codrington said.

With all of his visits left in front of him, as well as the task of winning the coveted 6-A football title in Miami, Simon Codrington will be one offensive lineman to keep an eye out for as recruiting season goes on.

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