The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about all of them. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2018 season.
#33 Shayne Simon
In terms of talent, athleticism, and ability to see the field right away, few Irish incoming freshmen should excite you as much as Shayne Simon does.
He’s a fast, rangy linebacker who appears to be tailor-made for the Rover position in defensive coordinator Clark Lea’s defense. He has the speed and ball skills to be a dynamite cover guy in the passing game, but also has the strength and play-reading abilities to shed blocks and chase down ball carriers sideline-to-sideline. Oh, and he’s not a half-bad pass rusher either.
Simon could be a true frosh that makes a significant impact in 2018 — maybe just on special teams considering there are a few guys ahead of him at the Rover position right now, but if no one steps up and performs with Drue Tranquill’s move to inside linebacker, the opportunity could be there later in the season for Simon to seize control and see some playing time on defense — he’s THAT good and already mentally ready to play.
3 Things To Know About Shayne Simon
- He comes to ND as the 4th-highest rated player in the Irish’s class, ranked 90th in the country by 247sports.com (#3 player in New Jersey, #6 OLB prospect in the country), only bested by Houston Griffith (#70 national ranking), Kevin Austin (#82 national ranking), and Phil Jurkovec (#83 national ranking). He was an Army All-American and a big-time signing for the Irish. One of the biggest competitors for his services was Michigan, so shout out to Shayne for making the right decision.
- He attended St. Peter’s Prep in New Jersey alongside fellow incoming Domers Jayson Ademilola and Justin Ademilola (St. Peter’s is also the alma mater of one Brandon Wimbush, if you’ve heard of him — Simon was a freshman during Wimbush’s senior year there).
- Simon’s versatility shows in his high school career at St. Peter’s — he was once a QB, but gave that up during his junior year. In his senior season, he played outside linebacker and receiver, leading the team in interceptions and coming in 3rd in tackles for loss (behind the Ademilolas) while simultaneously leading the team in receiving with 53 catches for 848 yards and 6 TDs. The dude is just talented, plain and simple.
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Bonus Hot Fire: His low-key commitment announcement that involved his coach lifting up his shirt:
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Chimichurri is delicious, versatile enough to be good on basically any grilled meat, and can have a little spice to it, making it a very promising and exciting condiment. I think ND fans will quickly come to recognize some similarities in Shayne Simon’s game, as the guy can do so many different things on the football field with his versatility, and he will add some spice and excitement to what is already a pretty fun defensive group to watch in 2018.
I think most of Shayne’s freshman year will be spent learning at the Rover position behind a couple guys, and standing out on kick coverage from day one. By end of year, I think we will at least have seen him grab some playing time at Rover during garbage time of a couple late-season games, if not more, setting himself up to truly compete for the starting role in 2019.