Junior safety Shayne Simon heard a lot about Notre Dame long before the Irish offered last week.
Simon, a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, teams up with Irish commitments Jayson and Justin Ademilola at St. Peter’s Prep High School in Jersey City, N.J. That’s the same program that produced quarterback Brandon Wimbush.
The Ademilolas have been in Simon’s ear, hoping he will consider joining them in South Bend. Brian Kelly probably has been too, one way or another, considering he visited St. Peter’s Prep today.
“They were happy for me,” Simon said. “They were like saying how we could be future teammates and stuff like that. They have been telling me about it for a while. They’re excited to go down there and I’m going to try and see if I can go down there with them.”
Simon has been in contact with Irish assistant coach Mike Elston, who presented the offer on Friday.
“He said they were talking about it and they liked my size and stuff like that,” Simon said. “They said I fit the bill of a Notre Dame student-athlete and they offered me. I was excited about it.”
Notre Dame is recruiting Simon as a hybrid safety-linebacker.
“They said in their new defense they're going to have like a third safety where he kind of rotates down to play in the box a little bit,” Simon said. “That's where they see me playing. I think I fit into that role because I kind of do something like that now in high school. I think it will be an easy transition to college.”
Boston College, Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina, Rutgers, Penn State, UCLA and Virginia are among the other offers Simon holds.
Simon visited Rutgers in the fall and he hopes to see several more schools before the start of his senior season.
As a junior, Simon recorded 55 tackles, three sacks and picked off four passes and broke up 13 others in 12 games.