Two-Team Battle for Receiver

It will almost certainly come down to a two-program battle for one of the best receiver prospects in the west, San Diego Mira Mesa's Markques Simas, just like it will for his teammate, elite tight end Nate Chandler...

San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa receiver Markques Simas (6-3, 195), one of the elite receivers in the West in the class of 2007, is likely to be locked into a USC-UCLA battle, like his teammate, elite tight end Nate Chandler.

Chandler said last week that the Bruins and Trojans were his two leaders, and Simas echoed those sentiments.

"USC and UCLA are my top two schools," said Simas. "I might go through the whole process and take some trips but it's going to come down to those two. Not much separates them. I liked UCLA growing up but USC is coming on strong."

First, Simas needs an official scholarship offer from either school, though he said the Bruins recently gave him a verbal offer.

Four other schools have offered Simas: Oregon, Boise State, Colorado and San Diego State, with Oregon State being the likely next offer.

Simas is just doing football this spring, instead of track, and he will begin the camp and combine circuit next weekend when he attends the Nike Camp in Los Angeles. Next month, he will be at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles.

Like Chandler, Simas had his opinion on fellow San Diego resident Chris Forcier's decision to commit to UCLA. "It's something to think about. Now I know UCLA is going to have a good quarterback, just like I know that USC is going to have one," said Simas.

He also said that he and Chandler continue to talk about playing together in college. "I know Nate and I talk about it, and he's at the same point as me. We're looking at those two schools," said Simas.

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

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


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