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Friday, February 8, 2013
OL Sims picks up first SEC offer

By Greg Ostendorf

The first major program to offer 2014 offensive lineman Jordan Sims was Oregon, but the Alabama native picked up his first SEC offer this week.

On Wednesday, Sims talked with Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin who offered him a scholarship to play for the Commodores. Sims also holds offers from two smaller in-state schools, South Alabama and UAB.

“It felt good,” he said. “It was shocking at first, but I had a feeling that something was going to come soon. Vanderbilt’s a great program. It’s a great academic school, and it looks like they’re on the rise. I’m excited about it.”

In addition to Franklin, Sims also talked with offensive coordinator John Donovan and offensive line coach Herb Hand.

“It was a good conversation. It lasted awhile,” Sims said. “They were just talking about things they like about me, things they wanted me to improve on and getting me down there in the spring for a junior day to tour the campus and stuff.”

The 6-foot-4, 330-pound lineman recently visited Alabama for its junior day and says he’s still hoping for an offer from the Crimson Tide. For now, he plans to take a closer look at the Vanderbilt program.

“I’m definitely looking more into Vanderbilt,” Sims said. “I think things are going to start to pick up a little bit more now that signing day is over, but I feel like Vandy might be one of my top schools to look at.”