The USC Trojans continues to revamp their recruiting after two down years. On Sunday afternoon they landed one of the top prospects in the state of Washington in Julien Simon. The four star athlete out of Tacoma, Washington announced his commitment via Instagram Live. Simon also held offers from Washington, Arizona State, Cal, and Michigan.
I’m so blessed thank you lord Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers ❤️ pic.twitter.com/6uh4kQE97i— Julien Simon (@_JulienSimon) May 10, 2020
At 6-2, 221 lb, Simon is rated as the No. 5 athlete in the nation and the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of Washington per the 247 Sports Composite. He also ranks 99th overall in the 2021 recruiting class. USC was also the first school to offer Simon last year.
Simon brings serious versatility on both sides of the ball. During his junior season at Lincoln High School (Tacoma, WA) Simon played running back and wide receiver on offense while seeing time at linebacker and safety on defense. On both ends he managed to find the end zone multiple times last season. While he does bring production and potential on offense, he’ll most likely come in on defense at either safety or linebacker.
USC could potentially be lose linebackers Palaie Gaoteote, Hunter Echols, and Kana’i Mauga as they’ll be eligible to leave for the NFL early while Jordan Iosefa will depart due to graduation. It’s possible that Simon could be plugged in at linebacker to help fill that void.
Simon’s commitment adds to an already strong 2021 recruiting class for the Trojans. He becomes the 3rd top 100 prospect in the class to commit to USC, joining quarterback Jake Garcia and Ma’a Gaoteote. Simon is also the second athlete in the class joining Anthony Beaver. USC is now up to 11 commits and is ranked as the No. 5 recruiting class in 2021 early on as they continue to build their momentum.