Saginaw 2018 OLB/DE NeVen Simington recently earned his first offer from Central Michigan earlier this year - a week after being named a top 12 performer at Camp Pride, but none of that has deterred Simington's work ethic. It's been since 2010 that Saginaw High School has produced a Division 1 signee and there haven't been many college prospects to walk the halls since. Simington will hope to reverse that course and set a trend for younger Saginaw High student-athletes to follow.
Saginaw's downfall since their Division 2 title in 1999 and two semi-final appearance the following two years has been a worsening system that has dropped the enrollment by over 500 kids from then to now. With talks of merging the two city schools, Arthur Hill and Saginaw that's when you know the school district is really in it's darkest hour. Unfortunately the ones who suffer from others actions are the students who need attention and guidance to remain focused. Simington discussed the challenges he faces, "Well Saginaw's rough as a city. A lot of distractions for a student-athlete who wants to be an athlete and maintain grades, so you gotta stay focused, stay extra focused on your grades and your academics."
Simington doesn't get to line up across much elite competition during the season, but the Legacy 7on7 League has been a supplement for Simington to remain sharp in the off-season. Simington discussed his experience at Legacy, "It's fun, its a good experience for 1 on 1's and stuff like that. It's all about exposure and playing vs. the best of the best in the off-season and it's right here!"
An important thing college coaches will be looking for in Simington when they recruit him will be them deciding if they want to recruit him as an OLB or as an DE. With Simington staying sharp in a pass only league such as Legacy's it allows for better development explained Simington, "it improves my coverage a lot because there'e a lot of good guys out here and being able to hold them 1 on 1, it helps me improve my technique."
Simington mentioned that he grew up as a child in Saginaw, but would visit his grandparents during the weekend who live in Mt. Pleasant. Mt. Pleasant is home to Central Michigan University which was the first school to offer Simington. Simington shared his experience of his first offer, "I grew up in Mt. Pleasant, that's where my grandparents live and work there. My dad played there and my mom went there so I spent a lot of time there when I was little. I saw the campus a lot and used go to all the games. Basically we bumped into the coach at Saginaw High and he watched my highlight tape and asked if I had any offers and then he offered me on the spot."
As of now Central Michigan is obviously the front runner for Simington as that's his lone offer and has deep ties. The Chippewas would be landing a very balanced defensive player who may even transition into a TE as he moves very well for his size.
Simington has also received interest from; Michigan State, Indiana, Stanford, Ball State, and Eastern Michigan. He visited Michigan State for one their junior days back in February.