Recruiting: Simek Putting In The Work

Standout offensive line prospect Denton Simek (pronounced Shimick) of Prague, Okla., is putting in the work this summer. He's spent a number of days recently cutting and hauling hay and wheat. We caught him riding back from doing more work at the family farm.

"I'm coming back from Blackwell, we've been working on the family farm," said the 6-6, 270-pound Simek. "I've been busting it. We did some planting, and fertilized around the house. We've already cut the wheat and got it off the ground. We did all right. We got about five bushels an acre."

It's that summer work on the farm that may be a major contributor to the work ethic and the success that Simek has had on the field. A young senior that just turned 17 earlier in the spring, he has a maturity about him and is a natural leader in the Prague program.

As far as recruiting activity this summer, he's done a little and he has decided on a top five list of schools.

"I went to the OU camp," said Simek with little emotion. "I have a top five or six. No, I don't mind sharing it. Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Missouri, and Arizona.

"am still getting a lot of mail. That group of schools, they all have really good coaching staffs. They have good facilities. They are great programs on the rise that I would like to be a part of."

Simek said he expects to take it easy this weekend but then it is back to lifting and running and getting ready for his senior season. It is a season as we discovered that he will be blocking for his little brother at quarterback for Prague.

"We have a lot of young kids playing, but if we are anything less than state champions, I feel we have underachieved," said Simek to the Nebraska Scout site. "My little brother (Clint) will be the starting quarterback and he is only a sophomore.

"He tore is ACL last year as a freshman. He had a rough start last year before the injury. But he ran for a 60-yard touchdown on his first play at quarterback. He scored two more touchdowns on the next two drives but then some guy came from the backside and took him out, so he was done for the year."

Simek has a lot of faith in his little brother to make the right decisions in the Prague offense. "He is definitely going to be a stud," added the older Simek. "He is already almost 6-4, and he can throw and run. I think he will get a lot of offers when the time comes."

Now as far as Simek, his offers, and his decision. "I don't have one (timetable)," he said. "It will be when it feels right. It may not come until after my official visits, although I hope it comes before that."

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