Defensive Lineman Picks Tigers

This high school standout was a big play man on defense.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Pat Sims, a defensive tackle with the quickness to be an effective pass rusher, will sign scholarship papers on Wednesday to play for the Auburn Tigers.

"I made my decision and I plan to sign with Auburn," he says. "I will sign at the school on Wednesday.

Sims says he likes the opportunity at AU. "They lost four defensive lineman this year and I think I have a chance to come in and contribute immediately," he says.

The 6-2, 295-pounder keeps open Auburn's pipeline to talent-rich Dillard High, a school that sent the Tigers current defensive players Junior Rosegreen and Stanley McClover as well as a host of stars from previous Tiger teams.

Sims, who was recruited by colleges in a variety of conferences around the country, narrowed his final list to Auburn and Rutgers after also considering Michigan State, Pitt, Iowa, Mississippi State, Florida and others. He made 65 tackles as a senior at Dillard.

The Tigers have had a series of key players from Dillard contribute on the field since the early 1990s with performers like Otis Mounds, James Bostic, Calvin Jackson, Charles Dorsey, Brian Robinson, Frank Sanders and others coming to play in the SEC for the Tigers.

Dillard coach Ken Scott says, "Pat is a very good pass rusher with a lot of quickness. He was recruited by a lot of colleges who liked his athletic ability. He is definitely the type of guy who has the ability to do well as a major college defensive lineman."

Sims says his friendship with Rosegreen and McClover also helped influence him to pick the Tigers. "That had something to do with it," he says.

When asked what he things his best attribute will be in competing for playing time at Auburn, he says, "My speed and quickness is something that really helps me he says."

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