October 24, 2006

Two down, three to go

Markques Simas has already visited Michigan and Oregon. Now, the four-star wide receiver from San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa is slated to visit Colorado (November 3), San Diego State (November 11) and Arizona State (November 18).

"I went out to Oregon two weeks ago and I really enjoyed it," Simas expressed. "I was mildly interested in them going into the trip but after the visit I am highly interested in them. I liked it a lot better than the Michigan [visit]. They are both big football communities and I liked that. I just felt more at home at Oregon.

"I am interested to get a chance to look at the campus and everything out at Colorado and see how it compares to Oregon and Michigan. They have been struggling this year but it is still a big time program with a lot of potential."

What are Simas' impressions of San Diego State and Arizona State going into those trips?

"I have been around San Diego State a lot and I really like the guys there," he said. "I'm kind of torn, I wouldn't mind staying home but I also wouldn't mind getting away from home. Going there on my visit I have some questions that I need to ask them. I need to find out where they are with me. I like Arizona State because they throw the ball a lot and I have a couple family members that live out there. It's a little hotter, but the weather wouldn't big too big of a transition for me coming from San Diego."

Right now three of the aforementioned programs have a lead in Simas' recruitment.

"Right now I like Oregon, San Diego State and Colorado," he stated. "Those are my top three. Everybody else is still in it but if I had to say who has the edge, it would have to be those three schools. I am also still looking at Washington State a little bit and I'm still talking to USC."

Simas measured in at 6-foot-1, 198-pounds at the Palo Alto NIKE Training Camp last May. He earned all-CIF honors last season as a junior after hauling in 41 passes for 875 yards and 16 touchdowns.

This fall, Simas is starting both ways for the first time. It didn't take him long to make a statement at defensive back. The first two games, Simas picked off three passes. "After that, teams just stopped throwing to my side altogether," he said. "At receiver I am averaging six or seven catches a game."

Mira Mesa is 3-4 on the season, but they own a 2-0 league record. They play Morse next Friday.

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