"It's an adjustment for sure," Sims said. "I've never played
left tackle before. Even today I played some left guard, and I've never played
that before. This week I've played center, left guard and left tackle. Those
are all knew positions for me. I've always played right guard my whole career.
I haven't been on the right side at all this week and that's what I'm used
to playing. It's been a change, but I think it's going to make me a better
player. It'll increase my stock, and I think colleges will like that because
it'll make me more versatile. I'm getting better and better with it with
the more reps I'm getting."
Going against the best of the best in the state of Alabama during two-a-days
this week is making him a better player.
"It's a great experience. It's competition with every play and every
block. It's definitely making me a better player."
The 40-man roster for team Alabama has had a chance to bond throughout the
"It's has been a lot of fun. You don't get to meet great competitors
like this every day. We've all become friends after competing against one
another our whole careers. It's nice to get to see the other side of one another.
We've all gotten really close."
Some of the players are itching to finish their high school careers and move
on to the next level. Sims has mixed emotions.
"There are pros and cons. Even this week I kind of miss being away from
home. I'm not a big travel person. Being away for a week from my family is
kind of tough. It'll take some adjustments when I go off to college, but it's something you have to prepare yourself for. At the same time I'm ready for
new things and playing on the next level."
What has Sims learned about himself playing against Alabama's elite?
"I learned a lot of things that I need to work on and things that I'm actually good at. It's exploited some weaknesses in my game. I know I need
to work on my quickness and flexibility. On the positive side I feel like I
have the competitiveness and strength to hang with these guys."
Which colleges are in the picture right now?
"I've only set up one visit so far and that's to Ole Miss. I go there
on January 24th. I'm still talking to Florida, Mississippi State, LSU and
Oklahoma. They've all offered and want me to come in for a visit. I haven't made up my mind yet on who else I will visit."
What stands out about Ole Miss so far?
"Just what coach (Hugh) Freeze stands for and his priorities. They're recruiting me the hardest, and I've had some good trips over there. I feel really
comfortable over there. I just have a great relationship with coach (Derrick)
Nix, coach Freeze and coach (Matt) Luke."
What are the positives with MSU?
"They just started recruiting me a couple weeks back. I really don't have
a feel for them yet. I might go over there in January and check it out."
Florida is a school that might need Sims the most.
"I'd say Florida or Ole Miss needs me the most. Probably Florida, but
they let their offensive line coach go so it's kind of back to square one with
"I just like the type of program they have. They like my size and feel
like I'd fit in."
"They feel like I will just maul the defenses in their league."
It was reported that Alabama is in talks about a greyshirt offer for Sims.
Is that a viable option if that opportunity presents itself?
"Yes, I just turned 17 so I'm a year young for my class anyway. It's close
to home and obviously they have a great football program."
When decision time does roll around, what will he base it off of?
"Education and being comfortable where I am at. I also want my parents
to be comfortable where I'm going so they know I'll be taken care of."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org