National Signing Day, the culmination of a year's worth of recruiting for college coaches, has arrived.
And with it, a big reward for Ole Miss' efforts. Really big. Some 6-foot-4, 327 pounds worth.
The Rebels picked up a commitment from Homewood, Ala., offensive lineman Jordan Sims on Wednesday. Sims is the 24th pledge for the recruiting class of 2014.
Sims was one of some 25 prospects to visit Ole Miss the weekend of Jan. 24. He was hosted by current Rebel offensive lineman Justin Bell, a returning starter along an Ole Miss offensive line that graduated center Evan Swindall and right tackle Pierce Burton following the 2013 season.
"Just everything about it," Sims said of his visit in a previous interview with Scout.com.
"Being around the coaches and the players was great, and the campus was beautiful. I got to learn about the coaches and players and how they interact with one another."
Sims is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 30 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com. Along with participating in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic, Sims was named a U.S. Army All-American.
His list of offers is extensive. Ole Miss is joined by Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Duke, Florida State, Georgia and others as schools to extend Sims a scholarship.
He chose Ole Miss over Florida, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. He visited Auburn over the weekend.
"Their message was that I'm the type of person that they want in their program," Sims said following his visit to Ole Miss. "They're not promising me a starting spot, but an opportunity. I have to take advantage of that. They really think I'd fit in with the program. I think they're right."
Sims is the latest addition to an Ole Miss offensive line class that already boasts four-star Roderick Taylor of Jackson, Miss., three-star Tyler Putman of Southaven, Miss., three-star Fahn Cooper of College of Dupage, and three-star Sean Rawlings of Madison, Miss.
Ole Miss finished 8-5 last season, including a 25-17 win in the Music City Bowl in December.
"Just what (Ole Miss head) Coach (Hugh) Freeze stands for and his priorities," Sims said, when asked what he likes about Ole Miss in a previous interview with Scout.com. "I feel really comfortable over there. I just have a great relationship with (Ole Miss running backs) Coach (Derrick) Nix, Coach Freeze and (offensive line) Coach (Matt) Luke."
Sims was an ASWA Class 5A Lineman of the Year.
|Jordan Sims | Homewood (AL) Homewood HS|
| Signee | | #30 OG | |
|Offers: Ole Miss, Miss. State, Vanderbilt, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma|
|Quotable: "I feel really comfortable over there."|