Receiver Prospect Markques Simas

The 6-3, 195-pounder from San Diego Mira Mesa, Markques Simas, might be the best returning receiver in California for 2007, and he has a childhood favorite school which is still currently his leader...

Many scouts are indicating that California's top returning receiver for 2007 is likely going to be San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa's Markques Simas (6-3, 195).

The tall, rangy wideout is also flanked by possibly the top tight end in the Golden State, teammate Nate Chandler.

And the pair has long talked about playing together in college.

"Me and Nate are both being pretty highly recruited," said Simas. "We talk a lot about going to college together and playing for another four years."

The question is: Could the school that gets the Mira Mesa Package Deal be UCLA? The Bruins are the longtime favorite of Simas and who he says is his early leader.

"UCLA is my top school," said Simas. "I was invited to their Junior Day in March and me and Nate are both going to go up there. I'm trying to get him to go to UCLA."

While the Bruins are the leader for Simas, he stopped short of saying that an expected offer would immediately spur a commitment. Simas said, "I'm looking to make an early commitment, before next season. But I want to wait to see what other schools offer and make sure it's the best place for me to go."

Along with the Bruins, Simas is hearing from Boise State, Colorado and San Diego State the most, while he also has interest in Cal and USC.

With UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell being a former San Diego-area high school receiver, he is a coach that Simas has long respected. "I've talked with Coach Dorrell and Coach (Dino) Babers and I really like those guys," said Simas. "Coach Dorrell was from around here (Helix High)."

Simas said that he would like to stay on the west coast for his collegiate career, and that his parents are hoping he stays in-state. "My family wants me to stay in California, and I'm wanting to stay here too," Simas said.

As a junior, Simas, an all-state underclass selection, had 41 catches for 875 yards and 16 touchdowns.

He plans to attend the Combine this spring and possibly the Nike Camp.

Academically, he has a 3.1 GPA and will take the SAT for the first time in May.

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