Simone enjoys Junior Day at Washington

One of the more gifted skill-position players in the state of Washington last season was Skyline (Sammamish) WR Gino Simone. He put up big numbers while helping the Spartans win the state 3A Championship and he's started to see some interest from some D-1 programs. He was at Montlake this past weekend for "Junior Day" and he talked about his visit with the coaches as well as his summer plans...

"It was real cool," Simone said about the Junior Prospect Day held at Washington this past weekend. "I got to meet a lot of the players and see a lot of the guys I've gotten to know over the past couple years.

"There were a lot of O'Dea guys and Kennedy guys that I see at the Barton camps all the time and some of the Bellevue guys too. It was a lot of fun."

Simone played on Nathan Willingham's team so he knows the Husky head coach relatively well already.

"Since we already know him it was pretty cool just talking about things," Simone said. "I also got to meet coach (Mike) Denbrock who recruits my area and then I talked with coach (Charlie) Baggett for a bit and that was eye-opening.

"He said because they filled up a lot of wide receiver positions last year, that they probably are only going to offer three or four receivers. That was disappointing to hear, but it just means that you have to work harder to make sure you're one of the guys who gets those offers."

Simone's numbers as a junior speak for themselves. He led the Spartans with 70 receptions for 1,417 yards and 18 touchdowns, but it's his quickness and knowledge of how to read defenses that set him apart from players at his level.

He said he plans to "do the Cody Bruns thing" this summer, hitting as many camps as possible during June.

"I'm going to the Cal one day camp on June 8th so I'm really excited about that," Simone said. "Their coaches invited me so we're already planning to go down to that.

"I'm also going to go to the Washington, Boise State and Washington State camps and I'll probably try and go to an Oregon camp and maybe an Oregon State camp."

Simone's father, Ronnie, played wideout for Arizona State and the Sun Devils have been an early contact for the younger Simone as well.

"Arizona and UNLV are other schools that have been sending me things too," Simone said. "I actually just sent out a lot of film to pretty much the whole Pac 10 and some other schools so I'm hoping that that will generate some more interest, but I'm not sure about anything right now."

We'll have more from Simone in the coming months and update things as they change.

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