Saturday, August 24, 2013
Scout's Take: Tide gets red zone threat
By Tom Luginbill
The rich got richer Saturday as the Crimson Tide picked up a commitment from Under Armour All-American wide receiver Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish). Here's what our scouts feel Sims brings to Alabama's offense.
What he brings: A physical, intimidating presence in one-on-one match-ups. Great ball skills, acrobatic playmaking ability and the ideal mismatch in the red zone. He is not going to simply run by people, but he does not need to. He is so good in contested match-ups that he will win jump balls and make plays you think can't be made.
How he fits: As an outside threat, he is a short and deep target, especially a red zone threat. If employed on the inside, he is big enough and athletic enough to stretch the seam and be used as a jumbo-WR/H. He's the first player with a Julio Jones-type build Alabama has had recently, but does not possess the same top-end speed as Jones.
How is class shaping up: Alabama currently holds the No. 1 spot in the 2014 class rankings with the addition of guard Ross Pierschbacher (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) last week, and Sims now only adds to the depth of this class. You have to figure Alabama is prepping for an early departure to the NFL from wide receiver Amari Cooper by adding top receivers. The Tide have No. 2-ranked pocket passer David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./North), No. 2 athlete Bo Scarbrough (Bradenton, Fla./IMG) and No. 1 outside linebacker Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley). The key for Alabama is to keep plucking players out of Louisiana in this class to help secure the No. 1 spot come February.