WR shines at Scout combine

Markques Simas (6-2, 200, 4.5) from Mira Mesa separated himself from the other wide-receivers today at the Scout.com All-American Combine in Los Angeles. However, he wasn't as impressed as the onlookers.

"I think I did a pretty good job," Simas said. "I wasn't too excited about my test scores, but they weren't that bad. I ran a 4.5 forty, in the "L" I ran a 4.6, the shuttle a 4.4, I had 31 inch vertical and I jumped a 9.9 in the broad jump."

With the emerging popularity and importance placed on combine performances, Simas somewhat put all his eggs in one basket with today's' combine. Combine numbers can make or break where former college players end up in the draft, and top schools can drop a prospect faster than a hot potato, if the combine performances aren't near spectacular. None of that mattered to Simas, he was out to make a statement.

"This was the first combine I've been to this year," Simas said. "I wanted to run a 4.4 and I just wanted to come out here to prove I'm the best to people who are skeptical about my speed--I think I proved that today. I didn't drop anything today. I hate dropping balls and I caught every ball today. I got a lot of separation on routes, too."

Although college coaches couldn't attend today's combine, numerous college coaches from the top football programs in the country have watched Simas work out at Mira Mesa the past few weeks.

"Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Idaho, Arizona, Arizona State, just about everybody hass topped by," Simas said. "I have offers from San Diego State, Colorado, Boise State, Oregon State and Arizona. Arizona is my newest offer, they offered me a couple of days ago."

With USC and UCLA being his top-two schools, one wonders why the Bruin and Trojan coaches haven't offered such a gifted athlete.

"UCLA is just waiting on me to get what I need to get done academically," Simas said. "I just need to fix a couple of holes and I'll be good to go. USC is basically telling me the same thing. They said I'm good enough to play, but tell me to just get it done in the classroom. So, I've been working real hard and hopefully by the end of the summer, I'll have offers from those two schools."

Simas has one, possibly two, more camps on his schedule this spring and summer.

"I'm going to get up to the USC Rising Seniors Camp," Simas said. "After that, I don't have too much planned--maybe Arizona. I have family there, so I might as well stop by the camp.


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