OLB (10) - Cody Simon (****)

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    Cody Simon ‘honored’ by Ohio State plans for him
    The Ohio State recruiting class of 2020 could end up with just one linebacker in it. And since being offered by the Buckeyes, there has been no player made a bigger priority than New Jersey 4-star Cody Simon.

    The St. Peter’s Prep linebacker, the country’s 10th-ranked player at his position, made his first trip to Columbus in over two years this weekend and left feeling like he’s a top target for Ohio State.

    “From the last time I was there, the program seems like it hasn’t missed a beat,” Simon told Lettermen Row. “One thing I found out from talking to players is how much they trust in their coaches and the support system that they’ve built around the players. They see me as coming in as a [weakside] linebacker for them and maybe transitioning to the [middle] later.

    “I felt pretty honored that they think so highly of me. They seemed to have a great plan for me.”

    Simon is a big-time football player, but his and family’s focus has always been about the best opportunity for football and education. They saw more than enough at Ohio State, and it was an eye-opening opportunity for the program to once again shed its reputation as just a “football factory.”

    “We were really impressed with the academic side of it. Also, the Real Life Wednesday’s that they do are really important,” Simon said. “The players there are extremely well off after they leave college. It wasn’t that I was surprised by it, but it’s just that we hadn’t known about all the opportunities they give.”

    Simon is likely done taking official visits and will start to sort through his options with the hopes of a decision being made in the next handful of weeks.

    “[The timeline is] before the season, so I can just focus on school and playing,” Simon said. “Really, what will separate the schools for me is if I am able to see myself in those schools for four years. It really does shorten the list for me.

    “Ohio State is definitely one of the schools I could see myself at.”
     
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    LB • Cody Simon • Jersey City, N.J.
    • There is a lot of confidence in Columbus that the Buckeyes did everything they needed to this weekend to land 4-star linebacker Cody Simon. The country’s 10th-ranked outside linebacker was very impressed by the comprehensive package being offered by Ohio State. A decision is expected in the next few weeks.
     
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    24/7SportsComposite:

    National: 176
    Outside Linebacker: 14
    New Jersey: 5
     
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    Simon is the first linebacker commit Ohio State has landed, and he is expected to be a true outside linebacker in Columbus. For a linebacker, he has a lot of athleticism too. His agility and top-end speed is good enough for him to have wide receiver experience at the high school level.

    Ohio State didn’t offer him until May because the staff had assumed he’d be a guarantee to Notre Dame, where his brother Shayne plays as a safety. That wasn’t the case, though, and Notre Dame didn’t even make Simon’s top-three – Ohio State, Nebraska and Penn State.

    Simon’s lateral speed and closing speed are what make him so impressive as a linebacker prospect at this point. Ball carriers don’t have much time to find space before Simon is on them, which is a crucial attribute to have for a Big Ten linebacker. Simon is also one of the best in the country at finishing tackles, which combined with his speed results in a lot of tackles for loss. He had 13.5 as a junior.
     

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