January 24, 2012

GBK Signing Day Spotlight: Gervon Simon

As Army's 2012 recruiting class unfolds, GoBlackKnights.com will spotlight the commits who will soon be wearing the Black & Gold. With the uniqueness of Black Knights recruiting, this feature continues all the way past National Signing Day.

We will attack this journey in no particular order as we kick it off with a look at quarterback/athlete, Gervon Simon.

High School: Johnstown (Pa.) Johnstown High School

Recruitment: Army identified Simon early in his junior season, but it was hard to keep him under the radar. Simon drew interest from Maryland, where his father played and where he was offered a preferred walk-on. He received an offer from Bucknell, along with hearing from Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Harvard, Colgate, Lafayette, Temple and as junior, Georgia Tech had taken serious interest in the Pennsylvania native.

Scouting report: Don't short change Simon with anything at all. Yes, he might not be your prototypical quarterback, but one thing he is, is an phenomenal athlete. At Johnstown, they did not risk playing him on defense, although he was probably the best tackler on our team. Coming into his junior year where he was a linebacker and could have very well been their starting safety. He's that type of athlete where he doesn't hurt you on either side of the ball.

It should be noted that he broke all of the passing records (over 4,000 yards) at Johnstown, that were held by Brian Mangiafico, who was a USC recruit back in the early 90's.

Coach's comments: "First ... he's one of the fiercest competitors that I've ever coached. He's one of those kids where I call the play and you just know he wants the ball in his hands ... and not in a selfish way. That glow in his eyes, he had it from the time that he was freshman. He was the one who made us go offensively.

As good of an athlete that he is, he's even a better kid. He's always walked tall, he's an honor student ... he does just about everything the right way.
Johnstown High School - Tony Penna

Position need at Army: There is always room and a need for an athletic quarterback to run Army's triple option. It is still undetermined if Simon will enter West Point via direct admissions' of the USMAPS. However, from a position/development stand point, the prep route might serve Simon well, especially if he were to enter direct and have to face off against incoming prepster (2011), AJ Schurr.

Simon's comment: I'm really excited to play and maybe going to the prep school, which is like a redshirt year. I've heard nothing but good things about the prep school. I'm excited to go in there, learn the system, play 10 games with the kids that are part of the same class and then gone on to eventually play for Army.

I'm excited ... this really means a lot to me. This is a great education opportunity and it's also a great athletic opportunity to be able to play Division I football. I'm just ready to get there with a big smile on my face and be ready to work hard.

And for the Army fans ... that we are going to be real good and consecutive years of beating Navy.

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