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Saturday, March 16, 2013
OL Sims puts Tide on top after visit

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A lot had changed since Jordan Sims (Homewood, Ala./Homewood) last visited the University of Alabama. The in-state offensive lineman has since received a scholarship offer, and the Crimson Tide hired Mario Cristobal to be the new offensive line coach.

“The visit went great,” Sims said. “I really love it. I loved meeting Coach Cristobal. He’s a really good guy. I didn’t expect anything less of what I got today.”

Jordan Sims
Jordan Sims named Alabama as his leader after visiting the Crimson Tide's first spring practice on Saturday.
It was the first day of spring practice for Alabama, and Sims got to see next season's team in action for the first time.

“I saw why they’re so great on Saturdays,” he said. “Practice was high-intensity, a lot of reps. For the short period of time that they practiced, they got a lot done. I watched Cyrus Kouandjio and Anthony Steen the most.”

After practice, Sims met with head coach Nick Saban again, but more importantly he met Cristobal for the first time. The new Tide offensive line coach was hired last month. He came from Miami (Fla), where he had a brief stint as an assistant coach.

“It went great,” Sims said. “I really like the kind of person he is. He’s a fairly young guy, so it would be easy for the players to relate to him. I like the fact that he takes time out to get to know his players more, and his players get to know him. That’s just big, having good chemistry with the coaches.

“He gave me some of his background, where he’s from, the things they like to do at practice, and then he asked us what we thought about everything.”

After the visit, Sims released his top five with Alabama on top, followed by Auburn, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Florida. He still has to visit the latter three schools, and he also wants to make a trip to Georgia either this spring or in the summer.

But it’s a different feel when he visits Tuscaloosa.

“Besides athletics, they have a lot of success in the academic field,” Sims said of Alabama. “It’s something about it I can point out, but I feel different there than I do anywhere else. I don’t know what is. I just feel comfortable there.”

Sims plans to come back for the Tide’s spring game on April 20.