Simon Up To a Half Dozen

Simon Up To a Half Dozen

Baldwin County offensive lineman David Simon will admit he is a little surprised by the amount of offers he has received before the end of his junior year in high school. With options from coast to coast now, Simon and his family will be racking up some quality windshield time as they research the programs that are serious about David joining their program.

David Simon profile

"I just went to Mississippi State this past weekend and got the official offer from them," said Simon. "Now I have Mississippi State, Vandy, Wake Forest, Stanford, Maryland and East Carolina."

The planned trip to Starkville came shortly after the Bulldogs extended a verbal offer and on the heels of a visit to Alabama.

"I went over to Mississippi State to watch a spring practice," said Simon. "I got in over there and I watched video with the team. I got on the field and watched them in some game situations. Coach Koenning and I talked about being a Bulldog and just about Mississippi State in general.

"He talked to me about where they were with football and what my role would be on the team if I decided to go there."

The one day trip to Mississippi State appears to have made a positive impression on the talented offensive lineman.

"I really liked it," said David of the campus. "They have good facilities and a really strong fan base. It's an SEC program, so you know you're going to be playing against the best.

"I have seen a lot of Mississippi State games on TV. Just growing up watching footbal in the south you get to know a lot of the teams. This was my first trip over there as a recruit and I really liked it."

Soon Simon and his family will have the chance to get away from the south and tour some of the campuses that are not so close to home.

"My spring break is coming up, so we're going to try to get out to some schools and visit," said David. "We're going to try to get out and see Stanford and some other schools. I am going to sit down tomorrow and start deciding what schools I am going to visit."

With six offers in hand, David has some thinking to do. He has already begun to put together a wish list of important items that his school of choice must possess.

"It's important to me to go to a good academic school with a great coaching staff," said Simon. "I just want to see how I interact with people. I don't really worry about location. I want to go to the school where I can see myself playing for four or five years."

Fans following David's recruitment will probably be able to avoid a lot of the post season drama.

"I don't want to wait until the spots get full," said Simon. "I will just have to see when the time is right for me. I am thinking about getting it done before the season starts, so I can just focus on football and my senior year."

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