2. Matt Simon
Current Position: Minnesota wide receivers coach
Tackling the idea of picking up on a positional coach while he’s hot for the Texas football program could involve one of two programs nationally. The first is going to be the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the second would actually be within the framework of the Big 12, under head coach Matt Rhule with the Baylor Bears.
But there is a more interesting fit that Herman and the Longhorns could find out of Big Ten, under head coach P.J. Fleck.
The “row the boat” mantra could be brought to the Forty Acres if they were to pursue Minnesota wide receivers coach Matt Simon. The Longhorns could out-offer the salary he’s getting annually at Minnesota right now, at slightly above $200,000. And he could take the momentum he generated from building a great receiving corps with the Golden Gophers to a bigger blue blood program with Texas.
Simon himself was a rather productive wide receiver that played with the Northern Illinois Huskies in the MAC from 2006-2008.
He’s also recruited rather well of late for Minnesota. Their highest rated commit in the 2019 recruiting class, four-star Mission, KS, native Daniel Jackson, is a wide receiver that was his target.
The two wide receiver breakthroughs Simon saw with Minnesota this fall came with sophomore Rashod Batemen (1,170 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns) senior Tyler Johnson (1,114 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns) are products of Simon’s development.