Two-way standout Gino Simone (6-0, 175, 4.6) from Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline has seen his stock move in an upward direction this spring seeing his offers rise to four and there could be a couple more before the spring over.
Simone is a two-time all-league making the squad for both his sophomore and junior seasons. His junior season he made all-league as both a wide receiver and safety for a state championship team.
From his wide receiver position, Simone had 70 receptions for 1,417 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. He averaged 20.24 yards per catch with a long of 99 yards. As a safety, he racked up 44 tackles, 4 picks and one fumble recovery. One of his interceptions, Simone returned for a touchdown.
This jack-of-all-trades also returns punts and kicks. He averaged 23.73 per kickoff return on 261 yards with a long return of 50 yards. As a punt returner, Simone had 196 yards for an average of 11.53 per punt return with a long of 32 yards.
"Gino is probably the best open field runner I have seen," Skyline coach Mat Taylor said. "He makes people miss. He is a great route runner, has great hands, is a great leader and is extremely competitive.
"As a safety, Gino is very smart and savvy," Taylor said. "He controls the entire secondary from his safety position."
On the recruiting trail, Simone has offers from Washington, Washington State, Boise State and UNLV. Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA are showing interest. UCLA wants him to go to their one-day camp on June 7th.
"Gino would like to go to several one-day camps," Taylor said. "Ideally he would like to go to all the schools that offered him. I'm pretty sure, he's going to go UCLA's one-day camp in June."
Simone has outstanding bloodlines. His dad played wide receiver for Arizona State.