Jayden Simon is one of the best players from the Seattle, WA area in the Class of 2019.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Simon, who attends Lincoln High School, is an imposing offensive/defensive lineman.
Simon has already earned plenty of awards and recognition during his career, including earning second-team All-League as an offensive lineman and second-team All-Area as a defensive lineman.
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Simon is humbled by the recognition.
“This awards means that I’m definitely one of the best in state,” Simon said. “I just want to keep getting better and improving every day. I want to give 100 percent max effort in all that I do.”
No matter the opponent, on each snap Simon is determined to give it his all.
Simon is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Simon steps between the lines.
“My mindset at my position is to control the front line and to make my linebackers job easier,” Simon said. “I want to make my opponent have to work hard for everything they get.”
Simon has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Simon tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“I just love the brotherhood and at the same time competing,” Simon said. “I enjoy that football is a team sport that brings everybody together towards the same goal.”
Simon has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Football has taught me to be a better person and son,” Simon said. “Situations on the football field prepare me the real world and how to handle whatever comes my way.”
Simon recalls his favorite football memory.
“In the fifth grade I was the kicker on my team and so the returner on the other team was about to score,” Simon said. “I caught him while he wasn’t looking and I hit him so hard that he fumbled the ball and my teammate picked up the ball and scored a touchdown and people still remember this today.”
Offensive coordinator Shalls Jacome has coached Simon for three seasons at Lincoln High School.
Jacome explains the best parts of Simon’s game.
“He is very athletic for his big frame. He moves very well. Can play both OT or 3 Tech within our programs at a very high level,” Jacome said. “At defensive tackle he has strong run support and is very quick off the ball. Oftentimes is able to beat a double team due to his agility. At offensive line he’s long and lean. Very dominant in the run game. Knows how to leverage his body weight well vs. different types of ends.”
Simon takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Simon makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“A good teammate to me is someone who pushes and makes his brothers better,” Simon said. “I told the younger guys to keep working hard and your dreams will come true.”
Jacome adds that Simon is one of those consummate teammates that every locker room needs.
“He has an unparalleled work ethic. He leads by example,” Jacome said. “That rubs off in such a positive way towards the rest of the team. It becomes almost contagious.”
Simon is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“I learned that blaming, complaining and defending won’t get you far in life,” Simon said. “The best advice I’ve got was that the event plus the reaction equals the outcome.”
Jacome recalls an example of Simon’s capabilities.
“Against Bonney Lake High School he came down on a block so hard he took out a 3-tech and a 1-tech allowing our running back to score a 60+ yards touchdown untouched,” Jacome said. “Defensively, at against O’Dea high school he took on strong double teams and allowed our linebackers to move freely throughout the game.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Simon also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Simon has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“Defensively he understands how O-Line blocks work and what the offense is trying to do,” Jacome said. “He uses this to his advantage when playing defense for play-recognition.”
Simon is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He has an excellent work-ethic. He lifts three times a day,” Jacome said. “This year he has been working on his pass-rush during the off-season.”
Jacome compares Simon to these linemen on both sides of the ball.
“Terron Armstead (New Orleans LT): Very similar frame and skill-set,” Jacome said. “Cameron Heyward (Steelers DT): Long – Able to make plays in both run and Pass – Technique).”
Meanwhile, Simon patterns his style of play after this 4-time Pro Bowl selection.
“I look up to Aaron Donald because of his work ethic and his drive to be the best,” SImon said.
Simon is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goals on the field is to win a state championship and my goal off the field is to excel in the classroom and make a good impact on my team,” Simon said.
Before the pros, Simon wants to be the next great Oregon Duck.
“My dream college is the University of Oregon because it’s a Nike town,” Simon said.
Simon lists math as his favorite subject in school.
“I love numbers and finding answers,” Simon said.
Jacome outlines the next areas of improvement for Simon.
“Offensively he will be working on his pass sets,” Jacome said. “He is learning to use his hands more in the pass game.”
Jacome believes the sky is the limit as long as Simon continues to stay hungry.
“Jayden is a Division 1 football player,” Jacome said. “He is still developing and improving in all areas of his game. He has a very high ceiling. He is long and athletic which is a huge factor in recruiting.”
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