The University of Arkansas' recruiting momentum kept going this week with the addition of a tall, be-goggled cornerback it sees as a wide receiver.
Dickinson (Texas) High star Jashaud Sims (6-5, 215, 4.5), currently nursing a torn MCL, became the Razorbacks' 17th commitment of the 2011 class when he pledged to sign with them on Wednesday.
"I want to play in the SEC where it is the best of the best and Arkansas is giving me that opportunity," Sims said. "It's going to be a great place for me. I love the hills, it's not too big of a place and I want to get out of Texas and move on to somewhere new. I am very excited. It has been my dream to go to college and now I am going to get to do that and play football there."
Sims, being recruited by UA assistant Steve Caldwell, is coming off a junior season in which he had 110 tackles, 18 pass break ups and three interceptions.
But it was the snaps he got at wide receiver in the postseason that caught the eyes of the Arkansas coaching staff on film.
"They have told me they like my height, my speed, my vision and the way that I go get the football," Sims said. "It's kind of strange since I haven't played there a lot, but those guys know what they are talking about when it comes to passing the ball."
Indeed the fact that the Arkansas offense loves to put the ball in the air is obviously something that bodes well for Sims.
"They like throw it almost every down," Sims said. "That's pretty cool if I am going to be on that side of the ball."
Dickinson opens its season Friday night against Deer Park, but Sims won't play because of the torn medial collateral ligament he suffered in practice.
"I was going back to a drill and these two guys fell into me and against my knee and tore my MCL," Sims said. "But it's getting better and I am suppose to be able to play when our district games starts. That's the second Friday of September."
As for the goggles, Sims picked those up during his junior season.
"I was our punt returner, but couldn't see the ball until it got right up on me and I was dropping some interceptions," Sims said. "Our coach noticed that so I went to the eye doctor. I got these goggles and it made a really big difference. I can see very clearly now."
It was his use of the phrase "I'm going to go ahead and commit Arkansas for now" in his hometown newspaper that left some fans wondering if he was a soft commit to the Razorbacks.
"No, that's not the way I meant it," Sims said. "I am solid to Arkansas. That is where I am going to go to college and play football. I'm not going to take other visits."
He will take his first visit to Arkansas later this season.
"I have never been there, but I know it is the place for me," Sims said. "After I take my SAT in October, I will visit as soon as the coaches want me up there."
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