Just days after Michael Dowell was not able to be a part of the Pitt program, the Panthers got the veteran linebacker that they’ve been looking to add.
Notre Dame transfer linebacker Shayne Simon reportedly has joined the Panthers team. This news was first reported by ESPN’s Pete Thamel.
— Shayne Simon (@SimonShayne) January 15, 2022
Simon (6-foot-3, 233 pounds) is a former four-star recruit from St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, New Jersey and a member of Notre Dame’s Class of 2018. Simon announced his decision to transfer back on Dec. 18.
After starting this season on Notre Dame’s second-team defense, Simon was injured (torn labrum) in Notre Dame’s season opener and missed the remainder of the season. Because of this and the extra COVID season last year, Simon will have two seasons of athletic eligibility remaining.
In mostly part-time duty from 2018-20, Simon registered 27 tackles and 3 tackles for loss. Last season, Simon made 8 starts for the Fighting Irish.
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) February 18, 2021
Before signing with Notre Dame, held offers from Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, UCLA, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. At Pitt, Simon will have the prime opportunity to step in and replace Cam Bright at Star outside linebacker.
Interesting….Simon is a bigger LB, so unlikely to be playing the star LB role IMO. Maybe this shifts Dennis back out to the Money and Simon will start at MIKE. Then, Kamara shifts over to Star LB.
I think that's certainly one way to look at it here. https://t.co/reizLMFSeX
— Nick Farabaugh (@Nick_Farabaugh) January 15, 2022