“Better late than never” is the story of the recruitment of running back Nicholas Sims, who is unranked by some recruiting services but is drawing not only SEC interest but SEC offers.
“I’ve been pushing my film for quite a while now and I just got connected with the right people at the right time,” Sims told GN. “Things just started to work out the way I wanted them to.”
Sims (5 feet 11, 200 pounds), from Mobile (Ala.) Murphy, had zero Power Five offers until January 4 — when Alabama offered. Yep, from zero Power Five offers to one from the Tide. He also now has an offer from Ole Miss.
“It was just exciting knowing another SEC program was looking at me,” Sims said. “It was another blessing, but I couldn’t get too excited because I’ve been talking to other schools as well. But it was a very exciting moment in my life.”
Sims also said he is talking to Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
“I’m still trying to soak it all in and I’m enjoying it as it’s going on,” he said. “It’s been a very stressful process for me. I’ve been trying to grind it out as much as I can. I guess I’m just getting blessed at the end.”
Why did it take schools so long to discover Sims?
“I really have no clue,” he said. “I just stayed patient with the process and everything started to work itself out.”
Sims says he received some help from a mentor that has helped in the recruiting process.
“My mentor that has really helped me along the way in my recruiting process is coach Terrence Perine,” he said. “He’s been a great help and he’s helped out a lot of athletes in the Mobile area.”
Terrence Perine is the father of Florida running back Lamical Perine.
Sims knows what he is looking for in a program.
“One of the things I look for in a school is, ‘Are they centered around my particular major?’ I look at education first because a degree can take you a lot farther than football,” Sims said. “I also look at how a program is doing and what type of offense are they running. How are they going to use me in their scheme?”
Sims has official visits lined up to Alabama on January 21 and to Ole Miss on January 27.
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