November 23, 2009

Simon: 'I'm hoping to visit CMU'

Talented Palm Beach Lakes safety Johnnie Simon has been a target of the Central Michigan football program for sometime now, and he now has his full attention on colleges after his teams 23-21 heartbreaking loss to Stranahan in the first round of the playoffs.

"That was a tough game, both offenses just kept going at it," said Simon. "The field was real muddy too, and you really couldn't cut like you wanted either. But, it was a great game and a game I really thought we should have won".

Palm Beach Lakes finished the season 7-4 in Florida Division 4A football and while Simon feels like he performed well this season, he didn't think he played as well as he could have.

"I feel like I played pretty good and had a good senior season, but at the same time, I could have played better. We switched our defense this season and went into strictly a Cover 2, and I wasn't able to roll up into the box much".

Playing in the box was one of Simon's greatest strengths, but he says the new defense was forged out of necessity.

"We made the switch because some of the younger guys got lost last year, the defense called for a lot of switching and we rotated coverage, and you had to no where to be," added Simon. "And we had to move a bunch of junior varsity guys up this season, so our coach didn't want the breakdowns".

With his final high school football game in the books, Simon now is focused on recruiting and has already selected four schools that he plans to visit.

"I'm going to Western Michigan on December 4th," said Simon. "I'm hoping to visit Central Michigan the week after that, but I haven't been able to get a hold of Coach Z yet (CMU wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni). But I know they are busy with the MAC Championship game and getting ready for bowl stuff right now, so I understand. I'm also looking at visiting Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt, but I don't know the fifth one yet".

ChippewaCountry was able to speak with Simon briefly before CMU's game against Ball State last Wednesday, and Simon informed us that we was going to tune in. Today, he offered his thoughts on the Chippewas victory over the Cardinals.

"I thought it was a great game, I really like the quarterback Dan LeFevour. I also like their defense, I like how they roll their safeties up into the box and they can make plays. CMU is a great school and one of my top schools. I feel like I have a good chance to come in there and start as a freshman or at least they year after" said Simon.

Simon also reports that Arkansas is showing a great deal of interest and thinks the Razorbacks are close to offering along with Vanderbilt. He currently holds offers from Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Utah State, Colorado State, Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State and Murray State.

Stick to ChippewaCountry for the latest in CMU athletics and recruiting.

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