Shaker Heights high school has brought OSU two fine players over the past few years in OL Adrien Clarke and CB Nate Clements. Their next Division I-A prospect is LB Nick Simon. But are the Buckeyes high on Simon's list?
A family connection is part of the reason Nick is so interested in Notre Dame.
"My brother went to Notre Dame on a hockey scholarship," he said. "He now plays for the Atlanta Thrashers. He was drafted as a freshman but stayed around for another two years, then went to the AHL and is now in the NHL."
Right now, Nick is hearing the most from Notre Dame and Boston College.
"Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State are in touch too," he said.
He will be coming down to the Nike Camp at Ohio State in April and plans on camping several more places as well this summer.
"My teammates and I are going to Michigan, Ohio State, Pitt, and West Virginia," Nick said. "I will be going to Notre Dame on my own."
Simon, who is 220 pounds right now, runs a 4.7 and says "I'm closer to 6-3 than I am to 6-2," is one of the Cleveland area's biggest playmakers on defense, but what position will he play in college?
"Most schools are recruiting me as linebacker or weakside defensive end, but some are talking about fullback," he said.
Simon is an outstanding overall athlete. He is electing to work with his strength and conditioning coach this spring instead of running track, but he had an outstanding year in wrestling. Despite it only being his second year wrestling, he was sixth in the state and went 41-6 wrestling at 215.
"It was great getting down to the state meet and seeing 20,000 people in the stands," he said.
Simon has a 2.8 GPA and says he hopes to major in secondary education and maybe become a coach someday. What will be the factors in the final decision?
"Probably just a gut feeling," he said. "I want a good environment. I have to like the coaching staff. I feel like I belong there and I want a solid education. I want something after college.
"I am thinking I want to get it over with early, but it will come down to if I get the right offer."