October 21, 2009

Talented safety Johnnie Simon looking to visit CMU

When talking about possible secondary options for Central Michigan in 2010, one name that should not be forgotten is the hard hitting Johnnie Simon from Palm Beach Lakes (FL). ChippewaCountry recently caught up with Simon to get an update on his season and recruitment.

His high school team is currently in the midst of a solid season, but a looming powerhouse lies in their next game.

"Season is going good, we are 5-2 right now," said Simon. "We have a bye this week, but after that we play Pahokee. That's a big game for us and a chance for us to really show how good we are".

Playing in one of Florida's toughest conferences, the 6-foot-1 and 185 pound Simon has displayed a knack for making plays and just came off his best game of the season.

"I've been playing pretty well, actually, I just played probably my best game last week against Jupiter," added Simon. "I had an interception return for a touchdown, a fumble return to the one yard line and I blocked a punt".

Simon plays a hybrid linebacker/safety for Palm Beach Lakes and doing so allows him to make plays all over the field.

"I like playing strong safety the way I do, I can roll into the box and make plays in the backfield or I can drop into two deep coverage."

After racking up 98 tackles, 1 interception and five sacks as a junior, Simon has seen schools increase their interest in him and has since added a few more offers with an impressive start to his senior season.

"My current offers are Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Utah State, Middle Tennessee State and Murray State," said Simon. "I'm hearing a lot from Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Rutgers."

With an impressive offer sheet, Simon has a firm number one and two school. CMU sits very well, but behind a rival MAC school.

"Right now, I'd say CMU is my number two. Western Michigan is my number one, I'm just going with the school that has been showing me the most love," said a laughing Simon in reference to his top two schools being big rivals. "But I did see that Central beat Western last week, so I did notice that and that's in my head."

Both MAC schools are located in Michigan, and being that Simon resides in the state of Florida, any visit up north will probably come after his season has concluded.

"I'm looking at going to Western Michigan the first week in December, then I'd probably go to Central Michigan one of those next two weekends" said Simon on his visit plans.

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