Gopher FB target Matt Simon is making NI visit

Matt Simon of Farmington is one of the top two-way football players in Minnesota. He is also getting some interest from the home-state school. However, he is first making an unofficial visit to Northern Illinois this weekend.

Matt Simon will visit Northern Illinois and watch their homecoming game versus Western Michigan. Simon admits that he is not that familiar with Northern Illinois.


"Not really. I know that they play in the MAC (Mid American Conference) and that they are undefeated, but that is about it."


Simon has attended the Gophers' game versus Tulsa and Louisiana-Lafayette.


Simon is being recruited by running back coach Vic Adamle.


"I've talked to them a lot, but I have not heard much lately."


Simon admits that Gophers are appealing to him, especially if they extended a scholarship offer.


"I would definitely commit if they offered me. It is the hometown school that I grew up watching. They play in the Big Ten, a great conference."


Smion said that he plans to go to another Gopher game, but is looking at other schools if an offer from Minnesota does not materialize.


"South Dakota wants me to come up for a game. My coach (Mark Froehling) is sending out tapes to coaches. We've sent tapes to Arkansas (where a former Farmington coach is on staff), Pittsburgh, Mississippi State and Colorado.


Division II schools like North Dakota, North Dakota State and St. Cloud State have all expressed interest in him.


Simon intercepted a pass and returned it 37 yards for the winning touchdown in the Tigers' 28-21 win over Red Wing Wednesday in the season finale. The Tigers finished 7-1 and tied Holy Angels for the Missota title. Simon had five catches for 52 yards and one carry for 10 yards. He had 29 catches for 650 yards for seven receiving scores. Simon has one rushing touchdown.


The Tigers are the number one seed in Section 1 in Class 4A. They will face #8 seed Winona in the opening round of the playoffs Tuesday.


Simon is a versatile player with good strength and speed. He runs a 4.62 40-yard dash. Simon bench presses 240 pounds and squats 340. He said that he has a 34-½ inch vertical.


That vertical pays off as a he plays on the basketball team. He has been a starter since he was a sophomore and averaged eight points per game. Simon is a pitcher and outfielder on the baseball team.


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