Kansas State hauls in Hutchinson OL

One of the top JUCO centers in the country committed to Kansas State over the weekend and he caught up with JCFootball.com to give us the low down on why he ended things so early and when he plans to visit Manhattan to get a look at the Wildcats up close and personal…

"I had a lot of offers, but I just felt like Kansas State was the best place for me," Simon told JCFootball.com. "Kansas, Tennessee, Colorado, Ohio, Western Michigan, Troy, Southern Miss, North Texas and Iowa State are the other ones I can remember.

"K-State just felt right. They have a really good program building there and I liked the fact that they take care of their players.

"They want me at center, but they said with my versatility I can play guard too for them."

Simon said he plans to visit KSU on December 4th to firm things up.

"I'll talk to those coaches and make sure they know I'm 100% committed," Simon said. "I'm looking forward to seeing it all up close."

Simon committed to Colorado out of high school, but was unable to qualify and redshirted at Hutchinson last season.

"I really didn't play football until my senior year," Simon told JCFootball.com back in March. "Because of that I really didn't get motivated to get it done in school until it was too late because I was just too far behind.

"I really hadn't planned on doing anything after school except getting a job, but then when it turned out I was pretty good at playing football it sorta motivated me. Now I really take school seriously, but it was too late to recover then."

Last season, Simon redshirted with the Blue Dragons because, while waiting for the NCAA to decide on his academic status he ended up missing the start of fall camp.

"It was frustrating, but it's actually going to turn out really good for me," Simon said. "I'll be able to play this fall and then I will have three years to play three with Colorado once I get there."

Simon is working to get qualified to sign in December, but may have to wait to sign with the Wildcats in February. Once he does, he will have three years to play three the moment he steps on campus.

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