Simon's offer list is growing

There are several defensive ends from Louisiana that are climbing up the recruiting charts after strong combine showings and one of them is Baton Rouge-Glen Oaks product Deon Simon.

Deon Simon (6-4, 270, 4.8) was a first team all-district selection as a junior after he recorded 71 tackles and 10 sacks despite missing a good amount of play with a high ankle sprain.

The 3-star prospect picked up three offers during the spring evaluation period but he picked up a new one on Tuesday to push his total to four.

"I got my fourth one yesterday from the University of Kentucky," Simon said. "I now have one from them, the University of Colorado, Southern Miss and UCF. I'm getting some pretty serious interest from Kansas State and Louisiana-Monroe and then I get a lot of letters from LSU, Miami, Alabama, Auburn, and a bunch of others."

With Simon's early offers there are two schools that have really caught his attention and he named both along with what has caught his eye.

"Right now, it's UCF and Southern Miss," he said.

UCF—"They were the first ones to offer me way back in the 10th grade. I went down there and saw their facilities once before when we were on vacation and close to the school. They said they have a new facility that they have built and they want me to come down and check it out. I liked what I saw before so I want to go back again."

Southern Miss—"Coach (Frank) Wilson has been showing me a lot of interest and telling me how I can go in and make a big difference right away. I know a little about them but not much and that is that it is close to home and all of the coaches are new."

Colorado and Kentucky are the other two offers Simon is holding so what are his thoughts on the Buffaloes and Wildcats?

Colorado—"I don't know too much about them but one of their coaches came down to my spring practice and he said he wanted to offer me a scholarship."

Kentucky—"They are in the SEC and I like a lot of schools in the SEC. Their coaches are saying they need big men up front and I could make a difference with their team."

With Simon living in LSU's backyard some have felt that if the Tigers came calling then there was a good chance the nation's 64th ranked end would stay home.

Is that the case or is that a big misconception?

"When recruiting first started I was hoping LSU would offer but now I think I really want to leave the Baton Rouge area," he said. "I think I just want to experience something new right now. If they offered though I would have to consider them because they were always my favorite college team and I always dreamed of playing at LSU."

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