Plano West offensive lineman Wes Simon doesn't shy away from confidence. It is easy to recongize, after all, the guy has the word "stud" in his email address.
When commenting on the fact the Kansas coaches had told him they were in the midst of putting together a good recruiting class, Simon's offered a self-explanatory reason.
"It is because they are recruiting the state of Texas so well," said Simon. "Texas is the best state for football. When you play in Texas, you aren't afraid to go up against anybody."
That is a good mentality for an offensive lineman to hold. That is also a likely reason that Simon has found himself with more than a few schools knocking on his door after the announcement Gary Barnett would no longer be Colorado's head football coach.
You see, Simon had given his verbal commitment to Coach Barnett and his staff. Simon says he has not wavered on his commitment to Colorado, yet, but that he feels he has to keep his options open while a new staff is compiled in Boulder.
"I'm going to take an official visit to Kansas this weekend," explained the six-foot-two and half, two-hundred and ninety pounder. "I took a summer unofficial visit up there, and it was a pretty town. They coaches there are real nice, and it is a program on the uprise when you look at the big victories they had over Iowa State and Nebraska. They are putting together a pretty decent recruiting class, too."
Simon took his official visit to Boulder back during the Nebraska game weekend, but says he will look to make his way back out there sometime after Christmas.
"My girlfriend and I are planning to take a trip over there during Christmas break, and be able to relax for a few days. I hope to work out sometime to meet with the new head coach, and get a good idea of who he'll be hiring on his staff. It is very important to me who is hired as the offensive line coach. If I'm satisified with everything I learn on the new situation at Colorado, then there won't be any reason to change my commitment," stated Simon.
The Jayhawks have stayed in contact with Simon during his entire recruitment even before Coach Barnett's firing.
"Kansas let me know that they the window was open for me to take a visit if I ever wanted to," added Simon, who started on both sides of the ball in his last four games of the season. "Coach Mangino and his staff are all good character people, and it is a family atmosphere there. I like the fact that Coach (John) Reagan, their offensive line coach, was a former center at Air Force."
In his senior season, specifically the last four games in which he started defensive tackle, Simon recorded 14 tackles (6 for a loss), two and a half sacks, three caused fumbles (two recovery). More impressively, on offense thru the entire season, he graded out 95%, recorded 102 pancakes, and gave up only one sack.
Just today, Simon received another Big 12 North offer.
"Kansas State verbally offered me a scholarship, today. Their offensive line coach (Tim McCarty) stopped by the school, and said the offer would be in the mail as soon as he returned. Coach (Ron) Prince is going to be calling me, as well, as making an in-home visit. Coach McCarty told me Coach Prince coached the offensive line at Virginia, including the guy projected to go first in the draft," said Simon.
"Oklahoma State just sent me an offer a few days ago. I like the fact they are somewhat out in the middle of nowhere, but still close enough to places like Oklahoma City. It is a quiet setting, which I prefer. There is a chance I will visit there. I also got an offer from Tennessee, but I want to play in the Big 12 Conference, so I doubt I make it over there," stated Simon.
Simon holds a 3.1 GPA and scored a 20 and 920 on the ACT and SAT, respectively.