Special Feeling

Florida State's summer workouts have made a favorable first impression on incoming freshman <b>Ernie Sims.</b> Sims' quick drive from home to the Seminoles' practice fields is the highlight of his day -- even in grueling 93-degree temperatures. "I am just ready to be on a team," Sims said and smiled following Tuesday's 30-minute speed session. Click here for all the details.

Florida State's summer workouts have made a favorable first impression on incoming freshman Ernie Sims. Sims' quick drive from home to the Seminoles' practice fields is the highlight of his day -- even in grueling 93-degree temperatures.

"I am just ready to be on a team," Sims said and smiled following Tuesday's 30-minute speed session.

"I am ready to be part of a tradition team like this right here. I am happy about that."

Of course, FSU is also happy to have landed Sims, a local star from nearby North Florida Christian. Sims, tabbed the nation's top recruit by many recruiting analysts, selected the Seminoles over the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs on national signing day last February.

One key to FSU's recruiting class was the Seminoles' ability to finish with a flurry in their own backyard. Sims will be joined by fellow local standouts Antonio Cromartie and DeCody Fagg.

Sims, who also cited FSU's hiring of linebackers coach Kevin Steele as one reason why he selected his childhood favorite, is currently earmarked for WILL linebacker. Sims also said he weighs 231 pounds with hopes of "getting up to 240 or 245. As long as I can keep my speed, that's the weight I want to play at."

At the moment, Sims is watching and learning. Personable and polite, Sims speaks in measured tones but smiles just as easily as well. His 5-foot-11 frame is firm and chiseled.

"You have great examples out here," Sims said.

"Guys like Greg Jones, Michael Boulware, Kendyll Pope. You see them on TV as role models. You want to be like them once you get to the next level. They come out here and push you and they want you to be the best you can be. That's the main thing. You have good examples. Those are the kind of players who help carry you to a national championship."

Sims wants to help the Seminoles regain their past glory. He also has his own style.

"Off the field I am kind of a quiet person," Sims said.

"Every now and then I will give words of advice. On the field, I am very demanding. I am not the player who will talk trash or whatever. If it comes to the point if somebody is bashing me, I am not going to back down."


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