Sure, Rayjon Simes
was reported by scout.com to have committed a couple months back, but it was his visit to the Marshall
campus on January 17th that solidified the decision for Simes. Simes had, "a great time," on his visit.
Simes enjoyed every aspect of his visit. "I got to hang out with all the players and tour the entire campus, it was a great visit." Simes lead recruiter at Marshall was running backs coach, and former University of Georgia
star running back Thomas Brown. Brown, along with recruiting coordinator Todd Hartley have both been instrumental in putting the Herd back on the map in the state of Georgia.
Simes is rated three stars by scout.com and is ranked as the 99th best defensive end in the nation. Simes stands a hulking 6'7" tall and weighs around 230 pounds. Long and athletic, Simes says his best attributes are, "my ability to pass rush, exploding off of the football and getting to the quarterback." All things that Coach Heater will love to see at the next level. When Heater will get to see those on the field is still up in the air. Simes says he is on pace to be eligible but will most likely redshirt. This could be due to the Herd returning a couple senior defensive ends in Rashawde Myers and Arnold Blackmon
, or it could be to add a few pounds, time will tell.
Simes had other offers on the table from SEC schools Ole Miss
, as well as Minnesota
and Virginia Tech
to name a few.
When I asked Simes about some things that made him choose to continue his football career in green and white he said, "Marshall is a family. I feel at home there, and everybody really gets along well with each other."
Simes is coming off a 5 – 6 season at Stone Mountain High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Simes recorded 17 sacks in those 11 games. He also had 39 tackles, and two fumble recoveries. One of those recoveries her returned 62 yards for a touchdown.
I asked Simes if they got a lot of snow in Georgia this week, and he said, "yes a lot." When asked what he thought about it, he said, "I am a big fan of snow, I am originally from New Jersey."
Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.
Defensive ends are game changers, the ability to get pressure on quarterbacks in todays brand of football is very important to the livelihood of a defensive coordinator. In saying that, it should come as no surprise when Marshall defensive coordinator was excited to receive a verbal commitment from a highly regarded defensive end shortly after his visit.