Shane Beamer said on signing day he was not finished adding pieces to his 2023 recruiting class. That was proven to be true when Crestwood grad TE Joshua Simon when it was reported Tuesday by GamecockCentral that he will transfer from Western Kentucky to USC for his graduate seasons.
He will have two seasons of eligibility with the Gamecocks.
Simon played with his team in a bowl game in New Orleans last Wednesday night. However, TheBigSpur reported that he took an official visit to USC the weekend of December 16th.
Simon had a standout career with the Hilltoppers. In 40 games he caught 86 passes for 1146 yards and 16 touchdowns. He had a career long catch of 77 yards and averaged 13.5 yards per catch. This despite playing just one game in 2021 after being injured in the season opener.
This season Simon caught 20 passes for 273 yards and a career high 7 touchdowns. In the bowl game Wednesday night, he was targeted 6 times and caught 2 passes for 15 yards.
Here’s more on his bio from Western Kentucky:
2021 John Mackey Award Watch List
2021 Athlon Sports Preseason All-CUSA Second Team
2021 Phil Steele Preseason All-CUSA Third Team
2020 Conference USA Honorable Mention
2020 Phil Steele All-CUSA Third Team
2020 Phil Steele Preseason All-CUSA First Team
2020 Athlon Sports Preseason All-CUSA First Team
PFF College National Team of the Week (Oct. 17, 2020)
2019 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
2019 Conference USA Honorable Mention
2019 The Athletic Freshman Second Team All-American
2019 FWAA Freshman All-American Midseason Watch List
2021 (So.) | 1/1: Simon played just one game due to a season-ending injury in the season opener. In that one game, he caught three passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Simon will count the season as a redshirt year.
2020 (So.) | 12/12: Simon started all 12 games in his second campaign, making 33 receptions for 370 yards and three touchdowns. Had multiple catches in 9-of-12 games, including a season-high six on Oct. 17 at UAB. Reached the 80-yard mark twice, with 81 yards against the Blazers and a season-high 84 in the LendingTree Bowl vs. Georgia State. Led the Hilltoppers with five “explosive” catches of 20+ yards, including a season-long 40-yard grab against the Panthers. Enters the 2021 campaign with seven career touchdown catches, the seventh-most by a tight end in WKU’s 102-season program history. He will retain his sophomore year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2019 (Fr.) | 13/6: Simon appeared in all 13 games for the Hilltoppers, including six starts. The true freshman made 30 receptions for 430 yards and four touchdowns in his debut season on The Hill. He had one score in each of his first four games, as four of his first eight collegiate catches went for six points. His 77-yard touchdown catch-and-run on Sept. 14 vs. Louisville was a season-high. He put up season-highs of six receptions for 106 yards in WKU’s First Responder Bowl victory; he was the only tight end in the nation to have 100+ yards in a 2019-20 bowl game.
HS/Misc.: Simon played for Knights’ head coach Roosevelt Nelson and was invited to the Progress Energy Bowl North-South All-Star Game after his senior season. Rated as a three-star with an 80 composite score by 247Sports, ranking 44th overall in the state. He chose WKU over Wake Forest, Louisville, Appalachian State and East Carolina.