There was a good group of wide receivers that attended USC's skills camp on Saturday (June 10th) and one of the best was Markques Simas (6-2, 200, 4.55) from San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa.
Simas impressed onlookers with his fine route running and his ability to catch the ball in traffic. He was very fluid and showcased a soft pair of hands.
The stellar performance by Simas earned him the opportunity to participate in the prestigious USC Rising Senior's Camp later this month.
"I felt good about how I performed at the camp," Simas said. "I was able to sharpen up on my skills."
Simas ran a very good 4.6 electronic 40 time.
It's not hard to figure out why he has offers from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Colorado, BYU, UNLV, San Diego State, Boise State and Michigan.
"My early top five schools out of the schools that have offered are Michigan, Colorado, Arizona State, Oregon and San Diego State," Simas said. "I'm waiting on offers from USC and UCLA."
"I'm looking for a school with good academics and an established football program," Simas said. "I would also like the opportunity to play early."
"I've scheduled my first visit to Michigan on October 6th," Simas said. "I am going a couple more official visits too before I decide."
Simas was a San Diego all-CIF selection after catching 41 passes for 875 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging 21.3 yards per catch.
"Markques is a strong, and athletic receiver," Mira Mesa coach Gary Blevins said. "He plays basketball, has good speed and has great leaping ability."
Mira Mesa offensive coordinator Chris Thompson is not surprisingly very impressed with Simas.
"Markques runs great routes and he's a big physical receiver who is maturing in his role as a leader," Thompson said. "He gets it done on and off the field."
"As a wide receiver, he's the real deal," Thompson said. "He has great hands and outstanding body control."
"You can tell he uses his basketball skills as a receiver," Thompson said. "One of his most deadly plays is when he posts up a defensive back in the end zone. They can't stop him."