Little Brother

Florida State linebacker <b>A.J. Nicholson's</b> little brother, <b>Derek Nicholson,</b> is considered one of the country's top linebacker prospects entering his senior season. Well, don't look now, but <b>Ernie Sims</b> also has a little brother who has tons of potential. Click here for this update on <b>Marcus Sims, </b> a junior-to-be who stars at Tallahassee North Florida Christian.

Marcus Sims is enjoying the calm before the storm.

The junior-to-be is competing in relative anonymity with the North Florida Christian track team this spring. This fall, Sims will begin to enter the recruiting spotlight as several schools will likely call on the LB/FB in an attempt to gain his services at the next level.

Sims won a pair district titles on Friday at Maclay High, destroying the competition in both the discus and shot put. Sims was also a member of the 4x100 relay that took top honors.

"I'm happy with what I did but I know I can do better," said Sims, whose 155' discus throw set a school record.

His track efforts have been coupled with a rigorous off-season training program.

"Coach has really been on me," he said. "He's been pushing me hard in the weight room and with conditioning." Sims hopes the conditioning pays off come August when he will be asked to shoulder a larger load as a junior. Sims, used mostly as a linebacker a season ago, should see more snaps on the offensive side of the ball.

Does he have a preference?

"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "Just being out there playing ball is enough for me."

It would be logical to think that Sims would be leaning toward following his brother Ernie to the FSU football program but that isn't necessarily the case. At this point, Sims said it's too early to tell.

"It like to make a name for myself, though," he said. "Right now I just thank God that he has given me the ability that I have and I thank my coach, who I know will help me through this process."

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