Atlanta, Ga.--A young and promising defensive back with an early scholarship offer from the Auburn Tigers was on campus to check out Coach Gus Malzahn’s football team during spring practice.
Myles Sims, a class of 2018 prospect at Westlake High School, tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that he is definitely interested in AU.
“The visit was good,” he said. “I saw some of the drills that Coach McGriff (secondary coach Wesley McGriff) put the DBs through. I feel like if I come to Auburn I could thrive.”
Auburn’s coaches must feel the same way to make such an early scholarship offer to a player who is just 15 years old.
“Getting a scholarship offer as a sophomore is pretty big,” said McGriff, whose other early offer is from the Kentucky Wildcats.
Noting that his dad is originally from Birmingham makes Auburn a college of interest, said Sims, who added that his father played college sports as a baseball player at Southern University.
Sims, whose nickname is “Spider,” is six-foot-two, 165 pounds. He said that Auburn is recruiting him as a cornerback and pointed out that AU’s coach at that position, McGriff, has made a positive impression.
“He is like a father figure,” Sims said. “My parents feel comfortable with him. They think they can put me in his hands and not worry about anything.”
Sims is currently training with the Westlake High track team. He runs the 400 meters.
Asked about his primary sport, the prospect said, “As a football player I am still growing. I am still learning the game. I have good footwork and my coverage skills are pretty good.”
An honor student in the classroom, Sims said that he isn’t certain what he would like to major in as a college student, but has a good idea. “I do want to go into the medical field,”?he pointed out.
A prospect getting attention from South Carolina, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Clemson and UCLA, football is something he enjoys. Asked what he likes most about the game, he said, ““Forming a family, creating a bond with the team, getting to know everybody and actually have another place to call another home.”