CU picked up a good commit today according to the rivals.com commitment list. OL Shaun Simon of Union High in Oklahoma is your newest verbal to join the black and gold. Congrats to him and the Colorado coaching staff. The Buffs now have 18 commits and are 2 - 4 players away from filling up the class. A couple weeks ago I didn't think we would be in this spot of possibly overbooking the 2009 cycle. I would really like to see the Buffs move Simon to defense with that big body. One of the things the Buffs missed last year was that dominate force in the middle or at least depth in the middle (remember the Nebraska game).
Here is what we said about Simon earlier this week:
Rivals Star Rating -
C - Tulsa (OK) Union
Recruiting Sites: Rivals - Scout - ESPN.com
Measurables: 6'2" 310lbs
Other offers and interests - Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, Kansas State, New Mexico, Wyoming
Commentary: Simon didn't start on the line until his senior year at Union High School in Oklahoma. I would worry about this if it was just another school but at the powerhouse that is Union High, starting means you are a good player. He is the teammate of TE Tracy Moore and Ath Terrell Williams, who visited Colorado but committed elsewhere. Simon definitely has the size and is probably the one recruit that I would feel confident in him committing to CU this weekend. Because of not starting until his senior season, there is little information or video. Couple in the fact that he is an offensive center, he goes relatively unnoticed in news clips. Here is an article about Shaun in the Tulsa World that is worth your read because it is definitely a feel good story. He lost his mother last year and was overweight his first three years of high school but he rededicated himself, got in shape, improved his grades (with the help of the CU coaches...the reason he really likes the Buffs) and was one of the best linemen on the State Champion Union team. You have to be rooting for a kid like that. Just by looking at his size and how the Buffs have already signed three offensive lineman, he could be a good option at defensive tackle as well, especially if he wants to work at it. Let's hope Shaun continues to make strides as a person and a football. player. It would also be good to start a small pipeline into Union High.