When it comes to the ever-growing recruitment of 2014 offensive lineman Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish), three teams stand out in front: Texas, Alabama and LSU in no particular order.
That’s great news for the Longhorns for a couple of reasons. The most obvious being that they’ll likely be in the running for one of the nation’s best linemen.
But it could also go a long way in determining where they’ll figure into the recruitment of Cameron Sims, a junior wide receiver at Ouachita Parish.
The two are close friends and would really like to continue playing together past high school.
“We are really good friends and we plan on going to the same college together,” said Sims, who stands 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds.
Like Robinson, Sims is hearing quite a bit from Alabama, LSU and Texas. This summer he was able to familiarize himself with the latter two through camp visits. They both made their way to Austin on June 3 for Texas’ first camp.
“It was fun,” Sims said. “I was just talking to the coaches, got to visit the weight room and toured the campus. I spoke to the coaches and they told me to keep doing what I was doing and they would send me a scholarship. I just need to keep my grades up and I will be hearing from them in the long run.”
Sims, who said the Texas camp was more “live” than the LSU camp, knows that Texas doesn’t recruit beyond its state boundaries very much, so to hear that from the Longhorns’ coaches, stuck with him.
“It means a lot to me,” he said. “It means that I am good enough to go to Texas and they don’t really recruit out-of-state people.”
The bulky wide receiver was not one of the 20-plus 2014 prospects to get an offer last week, but he’s hopeful it will come at some point. He’ll get another look at the campus when he visits for the Longhorns game against Baylor on Oct. 20.
Sims already has offers from Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Miss and Washington.
He also claims to have an offer from Southeastern Louisiana to play basketball, which is something he wouldn’t mind doing in college.
“Schools ask me if I want to play but they ask me which one they think I would be better at doing, and that’s football,” Sims said.
Sims will continue to gather information about whether playing both sports at the next level is a smart idea, or even one he would have the chance of doing at the Division I level.
When it comes to football, though, he knows he’ll at least be playing that after high school. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be at a school in Louisiana.
“It needs to be kind of close to home. Not too far away,” he said. “Texas is a good distance. I just want my family to be able to come see me so that’s what a lot of it will be based on.”
Sims has several family members scattered throughout the state, particularly in Dallas and Houston.