Rebels make it a "Dandy Dozen"
"Yes, he committed to Ole Miss today," added Cordova head coach, Pete Bush. "Tim (Simon) and I called Coach Markuson to let him know about the news and he was really excited. He also got a chance to speak to Coach Nutt, and he said Tim made his day. It was a pretty exciting moment."
The decision caught some by surprise as the Rebels were not listed as a contender until now.
"That is because Ole Miss came on him late. I guess they did not think they had a chance with him, but then when he did not commit by the end of the summer, they got on him hard. I told Tim that when he takes his visits, he would know when he found the right place. He went over there this weekend for the Auburn game, and he came back and told me that he had found his home. I told him to give it a night to sleep on, and if he felt the same way the next day, to come to my office. He came to me this morning and said he was ready, so we gave them a call.."
What made Tim feel like Ole Miss was the best choice for him?
"He said he really liked the atmosphere and coaches. Tim liked the small town feel, and he said their campus was amazing. He just liked everything about it over there."
Who else was involved in Simon's recruitment?
"His top schools were Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee, and MSU before he decided on Ole Miss."
Did all of those schools offer him a scholarship?
"Yes they did, along with some more."
Does Coach Bush feel like Tim will take some more visits before signing, or does he feel like his star do-it-all athlete is solid with his recruitment?
"I think he is real solid with it. He could have made the decision after last season to go to Auburn, and he did not commit. He could have made the decision to go to Alabama after this past summer, and he didn't do it. Tim is where he wants to be."
Simon helped Cordova to the Class 3A State Championship as a junior. He rushed for over 1,500 yards and 33 touchdowns. Simon was honored with The Birmingham News 2007 Super All-Metro Team AISA 1A-6A Running Back, ASWA Super 12 and All-State 3A RB First Team.
"He is the best player I have ever seen on the field. I guess that is the easiest way for me to put it. He is a solid 6' 2", 205 pound complete player. He returns kicks for us, plays tailback, linebacker and plays some safety for us. Tim is just a complete all-around player."
What is his best position?
"The good thing about it, he is a very good running back. If we had the luxury, we would just play him at tailback. He has rushed for over 5, 000 yards since he has been here, and if he were just playing tailback for us, that number would probably be around 9, 000 yards."
What does Simon do best at RB?
"He is a power runner with great speed. His speed is what really gets people, and he can make you miss."
What about on the defensive side of the ball?
"He will bring the hat to you. He covers well too."
Simon was selected to play in the MS/AL All-Star classic and marks the Rebel's 12th public commitment for the Class of '09.
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