Simon Says: UT Visit Set

Tim Simon isn't a name Tennessee fans will readily recognize, but the Cordova, Ala., senior is a prospect they would like to see in orange when SEC hostilities are renewed next fall.

A three-star linebacker/running back, Simon is coming off an outstanding senior season which he followed with an excellent outing in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game. He committed to Ole Miss in September but is taking a second look and plans to make an official visit to UT for the last visit weekend before national signing day. He visited Clemson over the weekend and has official visits set for Ole MIss (Jan. 16) and Kentucky (Jan. 23).

The good news is he has offers from Alabama and Auburn but appears intent on leaving the state to play his college football.

At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds with 4.60 speed, Simon is a highly versatile player and a proven winner. He led Cordova to the State title as a junior rushing for 1,566 yards on 176 carries and 33 touchdowns in addition to playing full-time on defense. He earned first team 3A All- State honors and was named to the Birmingham News Super All-Metro team as well as the ASWA Super 12.

He could play running back at the next level but he's better suited in SEC, at least, for the linebacker role where his keen instincts, good speed, outstanding strength and solid coverage skills will allow him to excel in the type of morphing 4-3 scheme Monte Kiffin favors. An athletic, hard-nosed defender Simon is strong at the point of attack, effective on the blitz and quick to the ball.

The trait that separates Simon from many of his peers is his play in big games and critical moments. Additionally, he has a gift for producing big plays.

• In the first game of his senior season Simon rushed for 162 yards in seven carries against Dora and finished with 222 total yards including a punt return for a score.

• In the second game of his senior season Simon rushed for 184 yards and scored on his first two carries to pace the Blue Devils to a 42-20 victory.

• His best game came in the second round of the 3A playoffs when amassed 374 yards rushing on 31 carries with five touchdowns on runs of 1, 8, 32, 62, and 84 yards. He also chased down the quarterback en route to the end zone, stripped the ball and took it 74 yards the other way. He finished that game with 453 all-purpose yards

During his high school career Simon surpassed 5,000 yards rushing and compiled 2,900 all-purpose yards as a senior.

"He is the best player I have ever seen on the field," Cordova head coach Pete Bush told Scout.com's Yancy Porter. "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."

Simon's coach from the Alabama-Mississippi State All-Star Game stated he thought Simon will start somewhere as a true freshman.

IN-STATE SLEEPER

While it appears No. 4 ranked tight end prospect Orson Charles of Tampa, Fla., and No. 9 Phillip Lutzenkirchen of Marietta, Ga., have eliminated Tennessee, the Vols are interested in an in-state prospect who has managed to stay under the gridiron radar.

Zecchues Mason, is a 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect who runs a 4.70 time in the 40. A star on the hardwood, Mason was a finalist or Mr. Basketball in Tennessee as a junior and has over 30 basketball scholarship offers.

Mason has only played two seasons of football at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, but is a quick learner. As a senior he rushed for 435 yards and nine touchdowns in 52 carries and he caught 34 passes for 460 yards and seven TDs.

He'll likely have to choose between sports at the next level but his potential in football is off the chain, and he has visits set for Ole Miss this weekend, followed by an official to Tennessee on Jan. 24 and Memphis on Jan. 30. All three programs have reportedly offered him a scholarship.

"Zacchues has tremendous skills and speed to be a big man." said CPA head coach Jay Mathews.

However the ball bounces this is one worth following down the stretch.


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