RECRUITING '07: Cougars in hunt for 4-star WR

THE NO. 9 RATED wide receiver in the 2007 class, San Diego's Markques Simas (6-2.5, 200, 4.57) has all the measurables befitting one of the Top Ten wideout prospects in the country -- size, speed, hands, precise routes and more. The Mira Mesa High 4-star prospect has a Cougar offer, and also some definite ideas on what he's looking for in a school.

The recruiting process got to be a little too much for Simas not long ago. So he narrowed his list, let some of the schools know he wasn't interested and things settled a bit. Washington State offered around that time and the Cougs along with another Northwest school are two he's looking to find out more on.

"I've been looking forward to summer vacation and just trying to relax and get (recruiting) off my mind a little bit," said Simas. "I am looking at WSU and Oregon right now, they've offered."

SIMAS SAID THAT while things could change, he's "probably most interested" in San Diego State, Colorado, Cal, Michigan and ASU right now. All five have offered.

While San Diego State might not appear in a position to win many recruiting battles when matched against schools from the Pac-10, Big 10 and Big 12 conferences, it holds some advantages. Among them, Simas likes the nearby school's Business program.

"Location is key," said Simas. I'd like to stay on the West Coast but if going to the East is best for me then that's what I'll do. I want to major in Business or Computer Engineering so we're going to look into that and see what schools offer. That's basically what it's going to come down to."

Simas said he's also interested in USC and UCLA but hasn't received offers from the LA-area schools as of yet. "UCLA is just waiting on me to get what I need to get done academically," Simas told Scout.com last month. "I just need to fix a couple of holes and I'll be good to go. USC is basically telling me the same thing."

AS A JUNIOR, Simas averaged over 20 yards a catch and out of 41 receptions, 16 went for scores. For his efforts, he was named first team CIF, all-state under-class and all-league.

At the Scout.com L.A. combine, Simas separated himself from the other wide-receivers with a 4.5 forty, a 7.6 in the 3-cone drill, a 4.4 20 Yard Shuttle, 31-inch vertical and a 9-9 in the broad jump.

Markques Simas profile, combine clip


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