Simon Feels Like A Buckeye

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney star John Simon has just completed his official visit to Ohio State. Simon, who committed to the Buckeyes last winter, is one of the top defensive linemen in the Midwest. Simon spoke to Bill Greene about his visit and his goals for his career at Ohio State.

Five-star defensive tackle John Simon [Youngstown Cardinal Mooney] has just completed his official visit to Ohio State. Simon, who committed to the Buckeyes last winter over Notre Dame, admitted his visit only cemented his decision to attend Ohio State.

"My visit went great, better than I could have imagined," Simon admitted. "I knew Ohio State was the right place for me, and this weekend just solidified my choice. It was great to be around the current players, and also see the guys from my class. It was great seeing Tajh Boyd come up here. Tajh is a great kid, and I think he knows that he fits in really well at Ohio State. I was with Storm Klein, Adam Bellamy and Adam Homan the most, and we all get along like brothers. I don't follow the recruiting rankings, but I trust the Ohio State coaches on who they're bringing in. These are all great people being recruited by Ohio State, and I'm proud to be a part of it."

Simon also spoke extremely highly of the Ohio State coaching staff, especially head coach Jim Tressel.

"I love the Ohio State coaching staff, and have a lot of respect for them," he said. "I spent a lot of time talking to Jim Heacock and Jim Tressel, and they made me feel very welcome. Coach Tressel and I end up talking about so many different subjects that you forget he's the head football coach at Ohio State. He's so comfortable to be with that we end up talking about everything. Coach Heacock wants me to work on having quick feet, and coming in being ready to play. I have no idea if I'll be playing or red-shirting, but I plan on coming in being at my best. I plan on being ready to go from the beginning. I'll be reporting in June, and will do whatever they want me to do. They haven't said if I'll be playing end or tackle, and it doesn't matter to me at all. I just want to help the team win football games."

Simon has a sister that attends Ohio State, and he is already thinking about his academic career.

"I plan on majoring in exercise science at Ohio State," Simon explained. "Some day I'd like to be a strength and conditioning coach. I didn't get a chance to see my sister this weekend, because she was back home after finishing up her classes, but I know how much she likes Ohio State. I'm looking forward to getting my degree, and using it to be a success after college."

Simon admitted that the 2008 Ohio State recruiting class has already bonded as a family, and he found that the current Buckeye players welcomed the newcomers with open arms.

"It's great being a part of this class, and we all want to make sure everyone in our class feels welcome," he said. "Storm Klein, Adam Homan and Jamie Wood are all guys that stay in constant contact with all the recruits. It's important to continue the family atmosphere that Coach Tressel preaches at Ohio State. The current Buckeye players all have accepted our class, and they treat us great, not like we're some punk high school seniors. I think they are a reflection of what Coach Tressel expects from them. My host was Garrett Goebel, and he was a great person to be with, because he represents the school so well. He told me to report in shape next year, and that the best players will be on the field at Ohio State, regardless of what grade you're in. After being there all weekend I truly feel like a part of the Buckeye family. I'm looking forward to getting there in June, and getting my career started."

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