December 23, 2011
Getting to know the newest Black Knight
To say that the Army staff is on a roll when it comes to adding to the 2012 recruiting class is an understatement. Over the past week, the staff has received the pledge of at least 5 prospect and the "MO" continues.
That bring us to Gervon Simon, who was receiving tons of interest but something in his gut said he needed to be West Point bound.
"Maryland has been interested in me," he shared with GoBlackKnights.com earlier. "Coach Edsall (Randy) said they didn't have any scholarships left to offer me so he offered me as a preferred walk-on. Along with the Army offer and the Maryland option, he received an offer from Bucknell.
"I was talking to Pitt a little bit, Temple, a little bit of Cincinnati and there was talk with other schools, but nothing more than them coming in the spring ... things like that."
But when it came down to it, Simon made if official when he verbally committed to Army yesterday.
"Coach Waugh (Tucker) came to see me three times; once in the spring, once during the season and then last Thursday, he came down to my school" shares the 5-foot-11, 190 pound prospect out of Johnstown (Pa.) Johnstown High School.
However, the obviously highlight of his recruiting came on Thursday in his phone conversation with the Army running back coach, who was equally as excited according to Simon. "I think he yelled a little bit on the phone," shares Simon, who chuckles at Waugh's response.
"I had been leaning towards there, but after I sat up my official visit date for January 27th, I just kept thinking about it and said to myself, this is where I want to go to school."
So, what was the turning point for Simon?
"Obviously they are big time Division I football, they play big time opponents and I've always dreamed about playing big time football since I was a little kid," he declares. "They're the best school in the country, they offer a lot of things that other schools don't offer. I knew that if I choose to go there I would be sat for life."
"And that's what I was looking for in a school ... that whenever graduate college and done playing football, I wanted a school that was going to be able to provide me the best opportunity to have a great career."
Simon, how put up quality numbers in 2011 where he threw for over 1,700 yards and over 500 yards rushing, along with 9 touchdowns on the ground, is projected to receive a solid look at quarterback, but is athletic enough to project elsewhere.
"Quarterback is where Army is projected me, but Coach Waugh said he could see me playing receiver or running back," says Simon, who ran the spread offense at Johnstown and believes he has what it takes to be an effective option quarterback.
"It's the type offense where they need a running quarterback who is willing to go in there and put his nose in there," he adds. "If you ever watch my film, I'm not afraid of contact. I will put my nose in there and try to run someone over to get that extra yard if needed. That's the type of quarterback that Army is looking for as well as athletic ability."
It is still undetermined if Simon will enter West Point via direct admissions' of the USMAPS.
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