Last week, Jayden Simon of Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash., gave his verbal commitment to the Colorado football team.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive lineman has been lightly recruited, with offers from Montana State, Portland State and Sacramento State. This winter, however, he caught the attention of new CU head coach Mel Tucker and defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh and took an official visit to Boulder in late January.
Simon is one of several players planning to sign his letter of intent on Wednesday. Buffzone.com caught up with him recently.
Buffzone: : What did you like about your visit to Colorado?
Simon: I really liked the town. It’s your average college town and it’s pretty cool. Boulder is a pretty cool place. I had a good time out there.
Buffzone: : You’ve had a lot of small-school offers. How did the process with Colorado begin?
Simon: I started talking to the D-line coach (Brumbaugh) around Christmas time and we’ve been talking since then. They wanted to bring me out there and see me and when I got out there, they offered me.
Buffzone: : Were you surprised to have Colorado showing interest?
Simon: Yeah, definitely because Washington, it’s not really recruited like that. We’re just starting to get some exposure up here in Washington, because we definitely have some ballers. Washington is a pretty good place to play football.
Buffzone: : What were your emotions when you got the CU offer?
Simon: Definitely I was excited – a Pac-12 school, FBS school. I obviously couldn’t pass up the opportunity, so I had to take it.
Buffzone: : Do you feel you are an under-the-radar recruit?
Simon: Yeah. I had injuries my whole high school career, so I missed quite a few games. And, Washington has never really been recruited like that. It’s been a basketball state. But, this year I went to USC and got MVP at their camp with a bunch of schools. I definitely proved myself that I can play at the top.
Buffzone: : Where do they see you playing on the line?
Simon: They see me as a combo guy, a person that can go to nose and three-technique and maybe even some end.
Buffzone: : You’re playing basketball this season, too. How is that experience for you?
Simon: I didn’t play last year, but I played my freshman year and sophomore year. It’s definitely helped me with my agility and my footwork. Basketball helps me a lot with changing direction and stuff like that. It keeps me light on my feet. I play center, but I played point guard when I was little.
Buffzone: : Are you excited to see how you develop at CU with Brumbaugh and Tucker?
Simon: I’m ready because being at the top, they know what it takes to be a championship team and have that championship culture. It’ll be great for me to learn from them and take in as much as I can in my time there.
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