"It was probably last April when Coach (Tucker) Waugh came to the school expressing interest," said Gervon Simon
's recruitment. "I filled out a questionnaire they gave me. They later offered me and told me they liked me at quarterback to run the option for them."
Simon had interest from Pittsburgh
, UConn, Toledo
, and his father's alma mater, Maryland
. The only other solid offer he had, however, was from Bucknell.
"Maryland wanted me to come in as a preferred walk-on to play wide receiver," said Simon. "They said they wanted to offer me, but had run out of scholarships for this year. Army not only offered me a scholarship, but an opportunity to play quarterback. I like having the ball in my hands."
Simon's Dad, Geroy Simon
, is one of the most heralded players in the Canadian Football League. He only needs 66 more yards to pass the all-time CFL receiving record. Last year his team, the B.C. Lions, won the Grey Cup. Simon will bring both his mother and father with him to West Point on January 27th when he makes his official visit.
"My mom's a little concerned about me going [to Army] just being a mom," said Simon. "I think my dad really wanted me to go to Maryland where he played.
"I'm new to the military lifestyle, but once I get in it I think I'll like it. It's an amazing opportunity. I get to play Division 1 football and get a great education. With a degree from West Point I'm set for life."
At Johnstown, Simon showed off his arm in a game against Penn Cambria with 335 passing yards and four touchdowns. In a later game with Richland he showed off his legs with 220 rushing yards and a touchdown.
"This year I was faster and made better, quicker decisions," Simon said. "Although my stats weren't quite as good as my junior year I think I improved as a rusher. I broke off bigger runs. My arm strength keeps improving. I was able to make a lot of big throws for us. I also matured as a team leader."
Simon led Johnstown to a conference championship, but lost in the regionals to Clearfield on a last minute score to miss out on a berth in the PIAA playoffs. In what would be Simon's final game as a Trojan he passed for 192 yards and two touchdowns adding 40 rushing yards and a touchdown. He was named All-State honorable mention, All-Area (Athlete), and All-Conference.
Simon also has significant interest from college coaches for baseball, but his high school coach told them he was sticking with football.
Currently, he's on the wrestling team in the 182-pound group. He'll have a ceremony at his high school on signing day with his cousin, Alkwan Williams
, who is committed to Pittsburgh.
Simon wore No. 6 for the Johnstown Trojans. He plans on arriving at West Point by mid-July and spending a year at the USMA Prep School.
Gervon Simon from Johnstown, Pa. made his commitment to Army football just a couple of days before Christmas. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound quarterback has thrown for more than 4000 yards and 49 touchdowns the past two seasons at Johnson High School. He also racked up an addition 1200 yards on the ground.
Richard Stover talked with the talented athlete who had a great senior year.