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DawgPost Breakdown: 2017 DB Troy Simon

In a state loaded with talented defensive backs, Troy Simon might not be a household name in recruiting at the moment, but he should be considered in that elite group of defensive backs in the state of Georgia

The three-star defensive back from Alpharetta (Milton) turned heads all day during the Atlanta Opening in Buford two weeks ago, and earned a trip to Oregon to compete in the Opening.  The spotlight in Buford was not a factor for Simon, and he will once again be able to compete and prove himself among some of the best players in the country.

On film you can tell that Simon really likes to hit.  He plays with some toughness that really stands out, and does a good job of striking the ball carrier in run support.  He has the ability to lay a big hit at any moment, but he also has good coverage skills.  He was draped over receivers during drills, and did a good job of getting his hands on the ball to deflet the pass.  He jumps well and had some nice deflections on jump-ball situations in the end zone.  Simon admitted he does need to work on his speed more, as well as every other part of his game.  Simon could project as either a corner or safety prospect with his 6-foot-1 185-pound frame, but needs to continue working on his technique and change of direction if he wants to be a true cover corner.

Cal, Wake Forest, Illinois, Cincinnati, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Arkansas State, Maryland, Middle Tennessee State, Purdue, Oregon State, and Troy have all offered this rising prospect from metro-Atlanta, with schools in the SEC also taking interest.

"I talk with a few coach at Ole Miss." Simon said.  "I talk weekly with Tennessee and Mississippi State.  I just took a trip to Tennessee last weekend and plan to go back soon for their spring game.:

While the home state Georgia Bulldogs might have some other defensive backs higher on their board at this time, Simon did say that he has spoken with new running backs coach Dell McGee, and that McGee wants him to take a visit to Georgia in the near future."

No matter what happens, it seems as though more and more schools will be reaching out to this talented defensive back very soon.


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