- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
HOMEWOOD, Ala. -- Jordan Sims has always been big. When he was born, he was 10 pounds, and 22 inches. A middle school growth spurt and time in the weight room has him at 6-foot-4, 334 pounds.
But despite his imposing size, the fact that he is one of the most coveted prospects in the Southeast has left him stunned.
“I never thought it would be like this,” Sims said. “I wanted it to, but I just never could see myself getting this much attention.”
It all started on national signing day. Sims was still a full year away from the moment when he would sign a letter of intent to the school of his choice, but he had no options, no scholarship offers yet. That’s when Vanderbilt stepped in.
However, the Commodores offer couldn’t prepare Sims for what was next. In the last month, he has received double-digit scholarship offers from some of the top programs in the country, including four of the top 10 teams in the final AP rankings -- Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Georgia.
“It’s been a lot to take in,” Sims said. “I’m just enjoying the process. Recruiting has definitely taken off these past couple weeks. I’ve gotten a lot of big SEC offers. I didn’t expect it to be like this. I expected to go to a lot more camps this summer to impress coaches more, but (the offers) are all just flowing in now.”
Sims’ meteoric rise up recruiting boards might have come as a surprise to many, but not to Homewood (Ala.) High School coach Doug Goodwin. He watched Sims play every game this past fall, and he knew it was only a matter of time.
“Once everybody found out about him and saw him on tape, I knew it was going to happen,” Goodwin said.
Unlike some of the players he’s coached in the past, Goodwin says Sims has handled the recruiting process well so far. The junior plans to take his visits and do his homework, but that’s only because he wants to make the right decision when it comes time.
“He’s very humble,” Goodwin said. “He’s not an attention seeker at all. I’ve had guys in the past who did and said things for attention, loved the attention that recruiting brings, but he’s not that way. He’s very humble, and he’s just taking it in stride.”
Last week alone, Sims added offers from Florida, Georgia, Nebraska and Oklahoma. He was a little surprised by the offer from the Sooners, but now it’s starting to become routine.
“I’m used to it now, so I’m not freaking out as much when it happens,” Sims said. “… It just gets harder because I’m opening up my options. The more offers that come in, the more I’m going to consider different schools.”
Sims has already visited both Alabama and Auburn, for their junior days. He plans to visit Ole Miss and Vanderbilt sometime this month, and he’s expected to make a trip to Georgia this weekend.
Inside, he’s still just acknowledging the fact that he’s now a major prospect.
“I didn’t think I was that caliber player to get offers left and right like this, but apparently I am, so I just have to keep working hard, and hopefully, they’ll keep flowing in.”
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