December 3, 2006

Buffs land California's top ranked receiver

Colorado ranked last in the Big 12 in passing yards this past season. With two quarterback commitments already in the fold, the Buffs were in search of a playmaker at the wide receiver position.

Dan Hawkins and his staff recently received some good news.

"I actually called Coach Kiesau and committed to Colorado," said Markques Simas, the nation's 19th ranked wide receiver prospect from the Class of 2007. "I had a final trip scheduled with Washington [State] but it just started getting too crazy for me.

"The coaches [at Colorado] were really fired up because they said I was one of the guys they were waiting on. They have put together a real good recruiting class with some big time names. So things are looking good for the future there."

What sold Simas on the Buffs?

"When I went out there on my visit, I just liked everything about it," he explained. "Boulder kind of has a small town feel. Being from San Diego, I wanted a chance. And at Colorado, I will have an opportunity to have an impact early. They didn't promise that I'd start but they said if I go in and work hard I will have a great opportunity because they don't have a lot of playmakers at receiver.

"Academics was also a big part of it. It's one of the top public Universities so my mom was really happy about that. She was a big factor in my decision making process. She liked it just as much as me and thought it would be a good place for me."

Simas hails from Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, where he hauled in 49 receptions this fall. He tore some ligaments in his hand early in the season and had surgery two weeks ago. "I have a cast on it right now," Simas explained "I should have the cast off in about three weeks from now."

A Rivals250 member, Simas is also the top ranked receiver in California this recruiting cycle.

"I run great routes and get open a lot so that makes it easier on the quarterback," he said. "I also play the ball very well when it's in the air. When I go up after the ball, I know it's going to be mine."

"Markques is the real deal," added Mira Mesa offensive coordinator Chris Thompson. "He has great hands and outstanding body control. You can tell he uses his basketball skills as a receiver. One of his most deadly plays is when he posts up a defensive back in the end zone. They can't stop him."

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