One offer in for Simon

The Southwestern part of Louisiana has produced a wealth of college prospects and several NFL players over the years. The list goes on and on of guys who have made the jump to the next level after high school and one who already has a chance to play college ball at a major university is Eunice safety Tharold Simon.

At 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, Simon has the size that college coaches covet and one school has already thrown its name into the hat with more likely to follow in the coming weeks.


“(Texas) A&M’s already offered him and of course we’ve had a lot of other people inquiring about him,” said Eunice head coach Paul Trosclair. “He’s supposed to be going to LSU on Saturday and I think he’s going to get offered by a lot of people before all is said and done.”


Schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Northwestern, Stanford and several others have already started the process of recruiting Simon and it’s easy to see why.


Simon has started for Eunice since the middle of his freshman year and has been the Bobcats’ leading receiver every year he’s been in Trosclair’s Wing-T offense.


The versatile playmaker has done it on both sides of the ball as he picked off eight passes from his cornerback spot as a sophomore, and followed that up with five more interceptions as a junior to go along with 75 tackles.


Simon will make the move from cornerback to free safety for his senior campaign and that should better prepare him for when he makes the leap to the college level should he end up on the defensive side of the ball.


“He times out at 4.5 (40-yard dash) but on the field he runs really well and closes the gap on people pretty fast,” said Trosclair. “He’s got excellent hips where he can turn and run and he goes up to get the ball at its highest point. He likes to hit people too and he’s very aggressive.”


Trosclair said all it took was one look at Simon’s video for Texas A&M to recognize those skills and to put him at the top of the Aggies’ board for 2010 safety prospects.


“The guy from A&M said they have him listed No. 1 on their board for the junior class and (Mike) Sherman coached in the NFL so he knows talent,” said Trosclair. “They think he’s special.”


Trosclair has seen his share of special players over the years as he coached several who have moved on to the next level including Kyrise Hebert, who played his college ball at UL-Lafayette and played in all 16 of the Cincinnati Bengals’ games in 2008.


“This guy is in that same league of Kyrise,” said Trosclair. “He’s real special, there’s no doubt about that.”


Simon hopes to travel the same road that Hebert took in going from college to the NFL, but he hopes to take a detour while fulfilling his lifelong dream.


“LSU has always been my first choice and where I really wanted to play at,” said Simon, who reports a 2.2 core grade point average and will take the ACT for the first time in February. “I’ve never been there before so I’m looking forward to getting there bright and early on Saturday.”


Simon took to the turf of the LSU indoor practice facility when his Eunice squad traveled to Belle Chasse this past season. The Bobcats grabbed a quick practice and although Simon wasn’t able to see much he saw enough to pique his interest even more.


“I grew up around a bunch of LSU fans and I always liked their style of play,” he said. “I’ve always liked LSU a lot. They always lay it on the line and play for championships. They kind of upset me a little bit last year, but I know they’re going to bounce back strong next year.”


Along with the Tigers, two other schools have grabbed Simon’s attention in the early going and are sitting on his radar.


Florida and (Texas) A&M are a couple that I like,” he said. “A&M is keeping in contact with me and Florida is just a school that I like.”


Simon said that the contact from LSU has been primarily through Trosclair and the coaches haven’t given an indication of what position he projects at.


However, if he has his choice then Simon knows which side of the ball he would line up on.


“I’d rather play receiver,” he said without any hesitation. “I think I’m better on that side, but we don’t throw the ball that much for me to show it. I think I have good height and I make people miss when I have the ball in my hands.”


Simon may get some clarification as to what LSU’s intentions are on Saturday and should the coaches come with an early scholarship offer then he will have a tough decision to make.


“That would probably be my pick,” he said. “I don’t know what would happen as far as committing early, but I know it would be a tough call.”

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