June 15, 2021

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Diamond In The Rough: Simeon Ardoin

Simeon Ardoin is a 5’ 9” 160lbs. 3-star quarterback with a 5-overall rating from Eunice, LA. After transitioning from free safety to starting quarterback his sophomore year, Simeon led Eunice High School to a state championship title. Simeon plans to return to the dome and make a run for another championship title after an early exit in the playoffs last year. From dropping deep passes into tight windows for his receivers to his ability in finding the endzone off of the run, Simeon is a force to reckon with for any opposing defense.

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At what age did you begin playing football?

I’ve been playing football since I was 6 years old. I’ve played quarterback for most of my life but when I got to high school I started as a freshman at free safety on varsity.

Do you play any other sports?

I play AAU basketball and I run track.

What has football taught you about yourself or life?

Taught me to never give up on something. If you want it, you got to work for it. Work real hard to get it.

What are some goals or expectations you have for this season?

For myself, I want to win another championship, but I have to take it week by week and focus on game one. For my team, just to become a better team and win as many games as we can to get to the championship.

Any big accomplishments outside of football?

In AAU basketball we won the national championship. It taught me how to win and to not fold under pressure.

Do you play on both sides of the ball or do you just play quarterback on varsity now?

I just play quarterback now. My sophomore year they had a position battle [for quarterback] and I wanted it. So, I started my sophomore year and then about week 6 I tore my lateral meniscus and sat out two weeks. When I came back week 9 on, I took my team to the championship and won the state championship.

Do you miss playing free safety or do you like playing quarterback better?

I miss it a lot. I ask him all the time if I can play both ways, but he always says no because he doesn’t want me to get hurt.

How do you think coaches and teammates would describe you as a player?

As a leader. As a person who can pick a person up to make them do better on the field.

What would you say are some of your strengths on the football field?

My IQ because I watch so much film. Only thing you can do to get better.

How do you fix your weaknesses on the field?

One of my weakness was being able to throw the football down the field that accurate from my sophomore year until now. But over time I worked on it but constantly doing reps of the same throws over and over again and it turned into muscle memory. Now I can throw it down the field accurately now so I worked on my weaknesses a lot. But I made myself uncomfortable and put myself into uncomfortable positions until I became comfortable gain.

How do you prepare for an upcoming game?

After the game we do film on Saturday. After we go over film, they release film on the other team that we play that upcoming week. So as soon as they drop the film that day, I’m watching film from that day to the time of the game day.

What is one thing you could not go a day without?

My mom and my dad. When we we’re playing AAU basketball, she went to every game wherever we went. Even when we went to Las Vegas she went.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself in college. I plan on going to college. I just got to make it college. If I got to go JUCO, Ill go JUCO but I got to make it somewhere.

What would you tell younger players who want to play high school football one day?

Never give up on your dream. Keep working hard and you can do anything you want to do. You just have to put your mind to it.

Is there anyone you try to emulate on the field?

I admire Russell Wilson a lot. Because we both short people, people didn’t think he could throw the ball because he couldn’t see over the line and he proved people wrong.

How have you stayed in shape since last season?

I would run and my coach would tell me to do 100 jump ropes. I got a little bench in my room and I do some workouts in my room.

What motivates you the most?

The people who doubt me. The people that talk down on my name. The people who say I can’t do this. The people who say I can’t play this position in college. The people who say I can’t lead a team. And proving them wrong makes me feel better about myself.

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