Thursday, May 8, 2014

Simms, Mariscal, land first offers

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Savion Simms, first discovered by Passing Down and Cali Gold Mine back in March 2013, landed offer No. 1 on May 8 from Eastern Washington University.

Simms, Class of 2015 at Central-Fresno, triples as speedy cornerback, deep threat wide receiver and return ace for the Grizzlies. This offseason, Simms has mainly honed his skills as a cornerback.

One thing I like about Simms is his speed. On defense, he's reliable in zone coverage because of his legs. Simms puts the blanket on wide receivers and has a nose for the football. Offensively, Simms does his most damage on fade and post routes. He's a hard match up in single coverage with his 4.4 40-yard dash time.

He'll still need to improve his press ability at cornerback. He has added more muscle to his frame but can use more bulk over the summer. Nonetheless, Eastern Washington should be the first of many offers for this versatile machine. And, with Central's two biggest offensive weapons getting ready to graduate come June (Michiah Quick, Oklahoma and Nick Wilson, Arizona), look for Simms to get plenty of touches this fall on offense.

Down in Kern County:

Anthony Mariscal, labeled the Liberty Patriot Missile by CGM back in October 2013, also received an offer from Eastern Washington on May 8.

Like Simms, Mariscal is another versatile threat. However, after breaking him down in my film room numerous of times, I like him better on offense.

Mariscal is an ankle-breaker with the ball in his hands. He's one of the most dangerous elusive threats in the Central Section. Vision and cut back ability are strengths for him. He's improved his closing speed durng the offseason at safety.

It'll be interesting to see which position Mariscal plays at the next level. But he's likely to add more offers down the road. Schools from the PAC-12, Big 12 and Mountain West have had him on their radar since last year.

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