Simon ready to build on solid freshman season

Versatility for a linebacker is a huge key in getting recruited and one that fits better outside, but who has played all three linebacker positions well over the past year is Navarro's D.J. Simon (6-0, 220) and he recently updated on his offseason including which schools he's been hearing from...

"So far, I've heard a little from Texas A&M and Missouri and Oklahoma," Simon said. "I know a few more schools have talked to my coaches and asked for film on me and my transcripts, but those are the three I've talked to."

As a freshman this past fall, Simon totaled over 70 tackles with eight tackles-for-loss and he also posted two interceptions as well while playing the strongside linebacker spot for the Bulldogs.

"I rotated to all of the spots, but the SAM is where I played the most," Simon noted. "This year, I'll be inside, but I feel like I'm a better fit outside just because of my speed and my quickness and my instincts.

"I cover guys well out of the backfield and the tight end. I get into my drops quickly and I recognize what is happening and react to it quickly."

Even with all of those solid traits, Simon said he knows he has a lot to work on, especially with him making the move to the MIK linebacker spot.

"I need to be more vocal, so that's one thing I'm focused on," Simon said. "Also, my speed, I want to get faster and you can always get stronger, so that's another area where I'm putting in the time."

As a prep at Klein Forest High School in Houston (Tx.), Simon was being recruited by several Big 12 and SEC schools, but he blew out his knee in the seventh game of his senior season, so he didn't have many options when it came to continuing his football career.

"I was fully-qualified, but when I got hurt, all of the schools sorta got scared off," Simon lamented. "I knew I needed to go to a JC and Navarro was my best option because of their tradition here and how good the coaching is. You also compete against top guys every day, so that makes you better just from a competition standpoint."

Turning back to what he's looking for in a school once he starts getting offers and gets closer to making a decision, Simon said he already has several things he'll be keeping his eyes on.

"First and foremost, it's academics," Simon acknowledged. "Also playing time, that's another big one and then the coaches and how they see me making an impact when I get there.

"More than anything, I just want to find a good fit and a place I can be happy at for two or three years. If I find that, I'll do just fine."

Simon is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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