Ouachita Parish might have lost offensive tackle Cameron Robinson to district rival West Monroe, but there is still a talented Cam on the Lions' roster this year.
Junior wide receiver Cameron Sims figures to be quite a heralded prospect for 2014 in his own right, along with his former teammate. However, Robinson is still waiting to hear about his eligibility this season after a last-minute transfer to the Rebels' roster.
Sims has no such issues, focusing on Ouachita's season and beyond. He already holds scholarship offers from Louisiana-Monroe, Northwestern, Southern Miss and Washington. But he's on the radars of several bigger names who have yet to offer. He camped at LSU and Texas this summer, and he said those two and several other power programs are making sure they keep tabs on him.
"Coaches from Washington, LSU and Ohio State are talking to me, or I'll call them," he said. "They're keeping in touch with me to see how I'm doing, so we stay in touch."
With the season set to kick off Friday, Sims said he's prepared to settle in and raise his profile through his play.
He was primed and ready to go during Ouachita's jamboree win against Bastrop on Saturday night.
The Lions leaned heavily on senior tailback Dearius Rollins and the running game to defeat the Rams, 21-20. But that's not to say Sims didn't have plenty of opportunities to get involved in the game plan.
The 6-foot-3 junior was targeted five times, and although he finished with just two receptions for nine yards, he did manage a touchdown.
"We looked all right, but we really weren't at our best," Sims said. "We lost a couple of fumbles. And we did score some touchdowns, but we can do better."
Sims' debut was mere inches away from being much grander. In the first half, he missed a 40-yard gain on a long toss that was just overthrown by quarterback Diquan Wilson. Sims made a spectacular effort to lay out and grab it, but could not bring it securely to the ground. After halftime, Sims beat his coverage again only to be overthrown on a ball that sailed out of bounds.
"To me, I did bad because I usually catch every ball out there," Sims said. "I caught two, but there were another two I didn't get -- which is bad for me. But my coaches told me I did well."