Four-star wide receiver Markques Simas (6-2, 205, 4.5) from San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa lived up to his lofty status as one of the Golden State's best player leading Mira Mesa to victory in their opener against the always tough Vista, Calif., team in convincing fashion 38-14.
Simas was expected to be a force on the offensive side of the ball and he was catching five passes for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. He even had one 35 yard touchdown called back.
Simas has added cornerback to his list of skills and ended up playing the as well as he does wide receiver. He picked off one pass and could have had another but he landed awkwardly on his back the ball bounced free.
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"Markques had an unbelievable game on both sides of the ball," Mira Mesa offensive coordinator Chris Thompson said. "He came ready to play."
"Markques isn't believing all his hype," Thompson said. "He's staying humble and hungry. He's really grown into a leader for out team.
"Markques basically ran our practice yesterday (Wednesday September 6th) as far as keeping his teammates motivated and keeping the practice up tempo. He is really coming into his own.
"When your best players really accept that leadership role," Thompson said. "You are as a team golden at that point.
"Markques is the complete package and I think if he continues to play like he did in the first game then he may end up the best player in the state regardless of position."
High praise indeed and that fact that Simas also did the job in summer school and improved his academic standing shows even more maturity.
The phone has been ringing off the hook at the Simas household and the Tennessee Volunteers are his most offer. Michigan, Washington, Colorado and a host of others have called.
Simas is off to the same kind of season that saw him earn San Diego all-CIF after catching 41 passes for 875 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging 21.3 yards per catch as a junior..
Rivals.com ranks Simas as the nation's No. 18 wide receiver prospect for the class of 2007.
Simas is also a member of the Rivals.com California top 100 landing as the Golden State's No. 27 player at any position.