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Monday, July 15, 2013
ESPN 300 OL Sims impresses Tide at camp

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jordan Sims (Homewood, Ala./Homewood) received an Alabama offer back in February, but he still had to prove to the coaching staff that he belonged in the Crimson Tide’s 2014 class. The ESPN 300 offensive lineman got his chance on Sunday when UA’s July camp kicked off.

“Everything went great,” Sims said. “I had a great camp today. The coaches thought so. I thought so. I went up against some great defensive linemen, great competitors. It was intense. There wasn’t one relaxed part about it. It was definitely intense.”

Sims has been trying to slim down all summer. He skipped the Tide’s OL/DL camp in June because he wanted to make sure he was in the best shape possible before working out in front of the coaches. On Sunday, he measured in at 6-foot-4, 347 pounds, down 21 pounds from what he weighed in the spring.

“Mentally, it gave me more confidence in knowing that I worked hard for it,” Sims said. “The physical side of it, everything improved -- my quickness, my flexibility. It really paid off. I’m going to keep going.”

The coaching staff took notice, too. They were impressed with Sims’ performance at the camp and how far he’d come in with his physique.

“They know I’ve been working hard,” he said. “They can see a difference in my body and how hard I’ve been working. Coach [Nick] Saban watched the 1-on-1 drills and saw how hard I’ve been working.”

After leaving the camp, Sims admitted that Alabama was at the top of his list.

“I always get a special feeling when I’m there,” he said. “My parents love it. I love it. The facilities are great. It’s just a great place.”

However, he has plans to visit Ole Miss this weekend and Auburn the following weekend.

As for Alabama, Sims says the staff will further evaluate his film in the next couple of days and decide on whether or not he fits in their class. The Tide already have four commitments on the offensive line for 2014.