Junior To Watch: Marcus Sims

The Sims are arguably the most talented family in the Tallahassee area. Most Seminoles fans know about Ernie, who stars for the Seminole defense. Some know of Ernie's father, Ernie Sims II, who was prep All-American out of Tampa Jefferson. He eventually went on to play fullback for Bobby Bowden in the late 70's. Ernie's mother, Alice, was a track All-American for the Lady Seminoles. Soon, recruiting fans will learn a lot more about Ernie's not so little brother Marcus.

The next Sims' in line to get his time in the spotlight is junior Marcus Sims who stars on both sides of the ball for Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian. The 6-foot-2 and 220 pound standout was selected to the First-Team All-Big Bend Team as a junior by rushing for 945 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also recorded 95 tackles on defense. The honors don't stop there. As a sophomore, they youngest Sims won state in track in field by throwing the discus 155 feet which set a school record.

What does the elder Sims think about his son?

"His intangibles set him apart," Father Ernie Sims said. "He's an athlete that competes in basketball and track & field. He has some huge shoes to fill. However, I don't want to compare him to Ernie. I'm no where the athlete that he is or Ernie is now."

What does Marcus think separates him from the rest?
"God has the biggest part," he said. "My parents and coaches help as well. They push me to work hard and it seems to be paying off. My coach wants me to lead with a smile which rubs off on my teammates."

On the field Sims touts his other strengths both physical and mental.

"When I run the ball, I use my vision and my aggressiveness," he said. "On defense, I'm pretty good at reading plays."

Sims has some lofty goals for the 2005 seasons which isn't surprising.

"I want to win a state championship and I would love to be ranked the No.1 player in the country," he said.

Schools throughout the Southeast are already positioning themselves for Sims' recruitment. You could bet that the Noels have already snuck an early peek.

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