AT COLORADO: This Season (Fr.-RS)—Practiced extensively at both center and guard in the spring, as CU had just six healthy linemen for spring drills, thus there’s no real depth at any position entering the fall. He figures to crack the lineup and see playing time.
2006 (Fr.)—Projected as an offensive lineman in his true freshman year in college.
HIGH SCHOOL—A PrepStar All-Midlands team member, Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 12 center in the nation, and the Dallas Morning News ranked him as the No. 56 player in the Area Top 100. As a senior, he was named first-team all-district (5A) and all-Collin County, and was invited to play in the Oil Bowl, an annual competition which pits high school all-stars from Texas and Oklahoma against each other. Playing left tackle in a spread offense in which the passing-to-rushing ratio was 4-to-1, he recorded 102 pancake blocks and allowed only one sack on the season. He also started four games at nose tackle and registered 14 tackles, with six for losses (including two-and-a-half quarterback sacks), two fumble recoveries and one caused fumble. As a junior, he started at right tackle and was named first-team all-state, all-county, all-area and all-district. He finished with 84 pancakes and two sacks allowed in helping the spread (passing) offense average almost 350 yards per game. As a sophomore, he played right guard and recorded 33 pancake blocks while allowing no sacks on the year; he graded out perfectly in six games that season. His career total of 219 pancake blocks set a district record. Top career games include 26 pancake blocks against Louisville as a senior in a 45-7 win, and as a junior, in a 34-14 win over Naaman Forest, when he had 17 pancake blocks. Under coach Mike Hughes, Plano West was 6-4 his senior year, 10-2 his junior year, beating DeSoto and losing in the second round of the playoffs, and 7-3 his sophomore year. He also wrestled as a freshman, but discontinued the sport after he got too big.
ACADEMICS—He is majoring in Communication at Colorado. He owned a 3.2 grade point average in high school and had many advanced classes, including Honors English.
PERSONAL—Born May 7, 1987 in Dallas, Texas. His hobbies include boating and weight training. A grandfather (Lou Palazzi) played center for Penn State in the mid-1940s and went on to play in the NFL for the New York Giants (1946-47) and then served as a referee for 30 years in the league. Simon had a summer job building signs for former Nebraska and Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle John Dutton. If the NFL is not an option after college, he hopes to be an entrepreneur in the executive marketing field. He may still be growing, as he’s grown three inches and has added 35 pounds to his frame since his sophomore year. Recruited as Wes Simon, he took his mother’s maiden name prior to coming to CU.