Defensive coordinator Mike Elko brought linebackers coach Clark Lea with him to Notre Dame last winter and the incoming coaches brought their 4-2-5 scheme with them.
The pair got straight to work recruiting the rover position, landing Virginia athlete Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. Now they want Shayne Simon to be their next act. They’ve made sure the Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep athlete knows it during the spring evaluation period.
Simon visited Notre Dame during spring practice. The Irish would love to get the nation’s No. 151 overall prospect back to South Bend this summer. If that happens, Simon’s recruitment will likely have become more focused by then.
“I’m having a look at my list,” Simon said. “Anytime this week, I’m looking at cutting it down and then we’ll go from there.”
Simon’s top offers include Michigan, North Carolina, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee and UCLA.
April was a busy month for the 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior. He visited Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford and UCLA.
After his nationwide visit tour Simon told Irish Illustrated that all the schools he visited were under consideration for his commitment. It’s possible that most of these schools will appear on his top list.
Scout intel suggests that Ohio State may have bigger fish to fry at safety, the position the Buckeyes are recruiting him to play.
Aside from OSU possibly being out of the picture, it’s believed that Michigan and Notre Dame are the frontrunners for his signature.
Simon has mentioned that Rutgers is in play as well but this is highly doubtful.
Either way, Simon contributes much of his success to St. Peter’s Prep head coach Rich Hansen, the same coach who mentored Brandon Wimbush. The program also boasts Irish commitments Jayson and Justin Ademilola.
“We love him to death over here,” Simon said. “I wouldn’t be here right now without him. He has done a lot for me, putting me in position to get opportunities to go to all of these great schools. I’m trying to have fun with it and I hope I make the best decision.”
After narrowing his list down in the upcoming week, Simon will be in no rush to make his decision.
“I’m not sure,” Simon said. “It’ll depend on how I feel. I’m going to take it slow and make the best decision.”