Sims surprised by 'Bama offer

Jordan Sims grew up rooting for Alabama, so when he learned of his offer from the national champs he was excited and surprised to say the least. The 2014 talent is also receiving interest from many big-time programs, and he breaks it all down inside.

In what has been a fast-paced month for Homewood (Ala.) OL Jordan Sims in terms of recruiting attention, it hit another level on Tuesday.

"Just talked to Coach [Nick] Saban, 'Bama offered me," he announced via Twitter.

His childhood favorite, Alabama was always considered a dream for Sims. Not to mention he thought he'd have to impress Saban and company later this year before even being considered for an offer before it came to him.

"My heart dropped to my stomach," he said of the moment he was told he had the offer. "It was surprising. I knew they were interested, but I thought I would've had to impress them at camp."

Instead, film of the 6-foot-4, 340-pounder got out and like it has for Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Florida State, UAB, South Alabama, UCLA and Duke - it resulted in a phone call to offer a verbal scholarship from Alabama.

"This is a big offer," Sims admitted, though he still has perspective in the recruiting process.

So is Alabama now alone at the top?

"They're in my top three," he said. "Vandy and Ole Miss are, too. It's too soon to tell because I haven't really been anywhere.

"I'm going to Auburn, 'Bama, Vandy and Ole Miss in the spring."

For Sims, the visit plans begin this upcoming weekend at Auburn's junior day, then Vanderbilt on March 23. UA and Ole Miss' visits are still to be determined.

Either way, he has been hearing the same thing from programs that check out his tape.

"They like my size, intelligence, and to be this size I can move," he said. "Some say I'm athletic, but I'm trying to trim up.

"Weight has been an issue."

Sims plans to continue to participate in after-school cardio along with his diet to get his weight down. He has no current timetable for a decision.

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