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Monday, June 24, 2013
OT Dyshon Sims returns to Athens

By Radi Nabulsi

ATHENS, GA. -- Offensive tackle Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) has visited Athens several times before. His cousin, Josh Harvey-Clemons, is expected to be the starting strong safety for the Bulldogs this season and Sims has made the four-hour trip to catch some Georgia games. His visit on Friday was different, though. Sims returned to the Classic City as a top Bulldogs target and was treated as such.

“It was great,” Sims said. “I got a chance go around the academic departments. I got a chance to talk with Coach [Mark] Richt and Coach [Will] Friend. It was a really good time. My favorite part of the trip was just getting to spend some one-on-one time with Coach Richt. I got to talk with him and visit for a little while. He is a really good guy. I had spoken to him before but never got the chance to speak with him one-on-one like that before.

“We talked about academics and what I was planning on majoring in when I went to college. We talked about me coming back and I am definitely coming back for Dawg Night in July. We had a good talk.”

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound rising senior spent about seven-and-a-half hours at Georgia, accompanied by his high school offensive line coach Christian Honeycutt and teammate Tarik Adams. Friend, whose wife had just given birth to a baby boy, took the time to meet with Sims and try to sell the offensive tackle on playing between the hedges.

“He was saying that he definitely believed that if I came up there, I could have chance to start and play early,” Sims said. “So he was saying this was definitely a school I should look at. He said until I get a couple of SEC snaps, if I did come, I would probably start off playing guard. But he said would eventually come back to being a tackle because of my athleticism. That is what he told me.”

When Richt offered offensive lineman Jake Edwards, the Bulldogs head coach lightly pushed for a commitment and Edwards took the offer on the spot. Richt and Friend are playing it cooler with Sims, biding their time until next month.

“They didn’t give me a lot of pressure,” Sims said. “I guess they think when my mom comes up there with me next time that I might end up making a commitment. So they really didn’t pressure me. She is coming to Dawg Night. So is my granddad and my grandma.”

Georgia isn’t the only team that wants Sims. Five schools are pushing for Sims the hardest out of his double-digit offers.

“Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida State….Ole Miss is coming at me pretty hard,” Sims said. “So it is just a lot of schools recruiting me hard right about now. I don’t necessarily have a top list but I am kind of trying to narrow it down to a couple schools.”

When asked who has made the cut already, Sims named three programs that often go head-to-head for recruits in South Georgia.

“Definitely Georgia, Alabama and Florida State at the moment,” Sims said. “I will have to go pay some visits to the rest of these schools and the list could possible change around that time. At the moment, UGA is No. 1.”

Miami would like to push the Bulldogs out of that top spot, and while the Hurricanes had a big weekend on the recruiting trail, Sims was not there to see it. He was supposed to be there on Saturday but changed his plans.

“I didn’t go this weekend,” Sims said. “I ended coming home to see my cousin [Harvey-Clemons] who is going to be in town this weekend. I am going to reschedule it. I possibly might go down to Miami next weekend. I am not really sure at the moment.”

Sims returned home late from his visit to Georgia tired and full.

“We didn’t get back home until 1:30 in the morning,” Sims said. “They took me around the whole campus. It takes a while to get around Athens. We ate at the dining hall -- it was nice. They had everything. I ate pretty much something of everything they had on the menu. There were so many plates, I didn’t know where to put them when I was done eating.”