The USF class of 2011 has arrived on campus and USFNation had a chance to catch up with the incoming signees and their plans since National Signing Day. In our last entry we spoke with Sebring High School outside linebacker/defensive end Zack Bullock.
In this entry we bring an interview with Baldwin County High School offensive lineman Boo Simon. Simon was a three-year starter and four-year player on the offensive line, a two-time all-region and all-county selection. Simon was named to the Reebok All-Alabama team as a senior and also tabbed all-region and all-county. He was invited to play in both the Max Emfinger All-American Game and maxsport all-star game. He also lettered two times in tennis and once in basketball. Simon was also a four-year member of the honor roll and graduated with distinction. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, a math honor society. He was also named the outstanding English student three times and a Bryant-Jordan Scholar.
How did you get that nickname ‘Boo?'
It's a little embarrassing back in the day. I was named after my Dad's best friend's dog. He thought it was a pretty cool name for a dog. He thought it was cute I guess or something. That's how I came to be Boo.
How has your summer been going?
It's been going pretty good. I've just been working out so far. I just been staying busy and enjoying the beach whenever I can. I've been mainly working out everyday and getting things done.
Have you been using the USF workout plan?
I used to do it everyday but there is guy I workout with and he's pretty professional and put me through a really good workout. I was doing both. I was working out twice a day, one was with the USF workout plan and the second part was his.
What is your current height and weight?
I'm probably around 6'4" and 280 lbs. I played at about 285 lbs (last year), pretty much the same. I've made some physical changes in my body. I haven't really had much weightlifting throughout my life. So for once I'm actually really weightlifting, and I've been able to shape my body a little bit, add more upper body tone.
What were some of the reasons you chose USF?
I'd say mainly the coaches. I felt really comfortable with them and they came across as a family. I felt like I could win here my whole career and that was pretty important to me. My high school didn't win a lot, last year we won only three games and I wanted to go to a school that was up and coming. I've always wanted a championship ring and I came across a place where I think I can do that, and that's USF. I liked the chance for a ring and the conference, and also the fact that Tampa is a great city and I wanted to pick a place where I could see myself living the rest of my life.
How does it feel to finally be enrolling?
It's pretty exciting; it's a little surreal. You always dream going off and playing college football and it's here. It's a little weird but I put a lot of effort in it and it's kind of exciting and feels good.
What are your immediate goals once you get on campus?
My immediate goals are to get all A's in my classes and get after it in the weight room.
What position were you recruited for specifically?
There were talks of guard and stuff like that. Maybe a little tackle here and there but I see myself as a guard. I never played guard [in high school]. We had a lot of injuries and there was a time I practiced at guard but in my offense we set it up so that the tackle pulled a lot anyways so I already know how to move like a guard.
As an offensive player, is there a certain defense you like to see when you get to the line of scrimmage?
I would say anytime you have a four front or a five front it makes things a little easier. I would say it's easy, because it never gave me any problems before. If someone wanted to throw a five front at me I don't see any problems. I've even seen a Tampa 46 and those are pretty simple I think.
What is your favorite play to run?
I like power runs behind the guard right up the middle. I would say I like running plays.
What are your strengths as a player?
I'll know the offense back and forth on every play. I'll know every position pretty much and I also think I have pretty good feet. I know how to get in front of players and use my body and leverage.
What are some things you need to improve on?
Really this year I was taught hand placement and I could work to better that. I would also say being able to go 100 percent on each play.
Is there a player on the college or pro level that you try to model your game after?
What does Boo Simon bring to USF as a football player?
I'll give my best every chance I get. I think I have a pretty good blue-collar work ethic. I'll try to make everyone around me better and make myself better in the process.
What is a message you want to give the fans for this upcoming season?
Pretty much we're going to get after it and get a ring!
Stay tuned with USFNation.com for more interviews of the USF class of 2011.