Simone talks WSU visit, recruiting heating up

GINO SIMONE HAS been busy the last few days. He's had some in-home visits, including one from Washington State, set up a couple more official trips, sat down face to face with the new coach at Washington and oh-by-the-way, also won a state championship. The 4-star wide receiver prospect talks in detail on the latest on his recruitment and more.

WR Gino Simone (6-0, 175, 4.6)   
Issaquah, WA; Skyline High

What he's going to be most looking for on his visit to Washington State:
"Really the whole purpose of these visits is to meet a lot of the players. Really feel out where I'm the most comfortable with and that I'm going to be playing with for the next five years. Really, that's what I'm going to be looking for on all my visits...Being around good guys is such a big part of the college experience. That's really what I'm looking for over these next few weeks," said Simone.

Schools that have come by for in-home visits since the contact period began 10 days ago:
Washington State and Boise State have each come by the Simone home. Oregon State head coach Mike Riley was at a Skyline practice last week. "Boise State has been crazy. They've been calling and had a couple coaches out to the house. They've been really on it. I haven't talked to Oregon State a whole lot since they came to our practice but I think they're just trying to be respectful of my trip to Wazzu this weekend and I'm sure next weekend once the visit's on the table they'll be more in contact," said Simone.

Sitting down face to face with new Washington coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday:
"He came up to the school and I got a chance to sit down and talk to him for a couple minutes. He just said to me, 'It's my first day on the job but I'm here and as far as I'm concerned, you're the No. 1 priority of this program right now. You're in our own backyard and we want you bad.' He seemed very fired up and really excited to put his own spin on that program. He said they're not going to do any official visits until January and he just said to make sure I keep a weekend open for them," said Simone.

Any other in-homes scheduled for this week before his WSU visit?
"Not that I know of," said Simone.

Comparing the in-homes between Washington State and Boise State:
"They went good. They were all good, just good opportunities to get to know the coaches a little bit better and really get a feel for where those programs are headed and what kinds of things they've got going there," said Simone.

Official visit planned for Boise State:
"I believe it's going to be right after the holidays, like Jan. 3 or something like that, that weekend," said Simone.

On facing double teams in winning another state championship:
"I think one of the things that's tough is sometimes you need to be a most valuable decoy. Sometimes they were bringing double and triple coverage. It makes it tough to get the ball. But it just opens up other guys on the team and in the end we got it done -- we were 14-0, another state championship and you can't ask for anything more than that," said Simone.

  • Simone verbally committed to Washington State back in June. He's consistently said he remains committed to WSU but he did decide a few weeks back to take other official visits. Once a verbal commitment schedules a date for, or takes an official visit to, another school, changes their classification from "verbal" to "soft verbal".

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