St. Peter's Prep 2018 DB Shayne Simon Holds Rutgers Offer

Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep 2018 defensive back Shayne Simon holds a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers and recently spoke with Scout about the latest in his recruitment.

sey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep 2018 safety Shayne Simon was one of many Marauders that took advantage of the Fairleigh Dickinson Tri-State Showcase, and the offered Rutgers target expects to be on campus Saturday for another camp.

St. Peter's Prep is a traditional powerhouse at the Rutgers 7-on-7 passing camp. Simon is one of many Prep 2018s with a Rutgers offer with a strong early relationship with the coaches.

“They're definitely on the rise,” Simon said. “I know they are bringing a whole bunch of new talent and their coaching staff is really going to bring them to the next level. I'm really excited to see what they're going to do.”

Simon picked up a verbal scholarship offer earlier this year from coach Chris Ash.

A teammate of 2017 Rutgers quarterback commit Johnathan Lewis and former teammate of defensive back K.J. Gray, Simon has plenty of references at Rutgers.

“[Lewis] loves it,” Simon said. “He says there's a great atmosphere about it, a new young vibe to it. It's really going to change the dynamic.”

Simon picked up plenty of interest during the spring evaluation period and even more as a camper at the Tri-State Showcase and other June opportunities.

“I'm trying to prove I can hang,” Simon said. “I can play with the best kids here. I can be one of the top guys. … I've been talking to Rutgers a lot, Virginia Tech, a whole bunch of schools that have come to [St. Peter's Prep], North Carolina, Ohio State.”

Virginia Tech showed Simon significant attention during spring evaluation, and could be in line for a summer visit.

“I know the DBs they've brought to the league are ridiculous,” Simon said. “They've told me that, and it's amazing to me how they've been able to do that. [Safeties coach Galen Scott] says they're DBU. He says that if you come in, you learn from a great coaching staff.”

– Scout national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn contributed to this report.

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