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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
In-state OL surprised by Bama offer

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mario Cristobal is expected to be named the new offensive line coach for the University of Alabama sometime this week, but he’s already started to put his stamp on the Crimson Tide program.

On Tuesday, Alabama offered a scholarship to in-state offensive lineman Jordan Sims (Homewood, Ala./Homewood) based on the recommendation of Cristobal.

“It was exciting, but it was nerve-wracking at the same time because I didn’t expect them to offer me until I went to camp if they wanted to offer me at all,” Sims said, offering an explanation for the timing that caught him by surprise.

“Coach [Nick] Saban was just saying how they re-evaluated all the offensive linemen’s films because of the new offensive line coach, and the new O-line coach liked it, so they offered me a scholarship. They said I have size, and they just like the way I play.”

Sims grew up a fan of the Tide, so it’s not shocking that they are now the leader for his services. He had a hard time holding back his excitement after he received the offer.

“My heart dropped into my stomach. I was excited. I just had to tell people,” Sims said. “Everyone knows they’re the top team in the country, but another thing that caught my attention was the strength and conditioning program and Coach [Scott] Cochran. I love him.”

Still, Sims plans to consider all of his options before he makes a final decision. In the past two weeks alone, he’s picked up offers from Florida State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

“I’m keeping my options open,” he said. “Just because I grew up an Alabama fan as a kid doesn’t mean I’m going to go there to play football.

“It’s hard to tell right now because the only places I’ve been really are Alabama and Auburn. Right now, Alabama is my top as far as me knowing the coaches and the campus, but I’m going to Vanderbilt and Ole Miss soon.”

Sims could very well pick up his next offer this weekend as he visits Auburn for their junior day on Saturday.