Monday, February 25, 2013
Busy afternoon for OT Jordan Sims
By Radi Nabulsi
Forgive offensive tackle Jordan Sims (Homewood, Ala./Homewood) if he seems rather stunned. He has had a busy afternoon. After returning from Auburn on Saturday -- where he picked up an offer from the Tigers -- he received a couple messages to call various coaches after school. Sims did so, and now his offer list has grown yet again.
“I got a Georgia offer and one from Oklahoma today,” Sims said. “It all happened in last 30 minutes.”
OT Jordan Sims received a flurry of offers Monday to go with the handful he already held.
The 6-foot-4, 334-pound junior already had offers from Alabama, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Oregon among others. The offer from the Bulldogs was rather sudden.
“Coach [Will] Friend followed me on Twitter, so I followed him back,” Sims said. “He sent me a direct message to call him, so I did. He said they liked me and offered me a scholarship. I was surprised, because I didn’t think they would offer me right off. I thought they would contact me more likely and have me take a visit down there first. But they just came out and said they wanted me. So I am just excited about it.”
Sims has a passing familiarity with Georgia.
“I have watched them over the last year in the SEC,” Sims said. “I just love to watch football and play it too. I don’t know much about the coaches and program personally but I have watched plenty of their games.”
All of the attention feels surreal to Sims.
“It is crazy,” Sims said. “I could not believe it was happening. I am blessed to have this opportunity. I have to keep working hard and stay humble and just see how everything works out. This spring I am going to Vanderbilt, Alabama, Ole Miss and Georgia. I just went to Auburn this past Saturday.”
Finding a school where he will be comfortable is Sims’ top criteria for now.
“I am looking for someplace I can get a good education and that has a good football program,” Sims said. “I am looking for a place where I fit in and I will feel like I am at home. I am looking to build relationships with the coaches, because I think that is big -- being able to talk to someone if you have problems there.”
Growing up in Alabama would seem to give the Tide or the Tigers the inside track for Sims, but he says that is not so.
“I was an Alabama fan growing up, but that will not play into where I go to college,” Sims said. “If I am not comfortable at Alabama, then I won’t go there. I won’t let being a fan affect where I wind up.”