Simien roams the deep patrol for CSM

A ball-hawking safety that has been flying under the recruiting radar so far is San Mateo S Terence Simien (6-3, 200). He's got a couple of D-1 programs looking his way and he's preparing for a big sophomore season in 2008 by working hard in the film room this offseason.

"This summer it's been all about my technique and watching film," Simien told recently. "In the past I was always reacting to what I saw instead of reading it beforehand and making plays that way.

"That extra step could mean breaking up a pass or picking it off, so that's really been my focus this summer. It's been hard work, but I feel really ready to have a big year this season."

Simien prepped at Burbank High School in Sacramento and he had an offer from Nevada, but he was unable to achieve a qualifying SAT score so he had to turn to the JC ranks and he said choosing CSM was the easy choice.

"San Mateo has a great reputation for coaching and getting players moved on to D-1," Simien said. "They have really helped me improve my game and it's been a great situation for me here because the defense we run really suits me well.

"The safeties play a side rather than a strong or free safety spot. Both safeties have to be able to cover as well as support against the run. I feel more comfortable closer to the line because I like being a hitter, but I can cover guys too."

Last year as a freshman at San Mateo, Simien managed to post 70 tackles and one interception and he said he hopes to cause more turnovers to give CSM's powerful offense more opportunities.

"Getting a big hit is great because it intimidates the opponent, but I'd rather get a pick to give it back to our offense," Simien said. "I'm hoping to increase my picks from last year and that goes back to watching film and reacting to things quicker and reading them better."

On the recruiting front, Simien doesn't sport any offers yet, but he said he's hearing from quite a few schools with two contacting him more than the others.

"California and Louisville are the two that are recruiting me the hardest," Simien said. "Both of them have called me and continued to send me stuff. The other schools basically have sent letters, but they haven't been talking to me very much."

Simien expects to finish his two-year degree in May of 2009 and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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