USAAAB: Sims Goes In-Depth about Situation

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Herschel Sims, who is one of the most talented runners in the country, talked with after a U.S. Army Bowl practice session to go in-depth about his status with his commitment to Oklahoma State now that Coach Gillespie has left the program.

Herschel Sims, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound running back from Abilene High in Texas is honored to be participating in the 10th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

"It is unbelievable," Sims began. "The Army has done a great job here and I am just thankful to have the opportunity to play in the game. Being picked as one of the best of the best, most people don't get the opportunity. I have been blessed and I am just thankful for it.

"Being here with the guys is an honor. These guys are athletes and they are playing because they love the game. It is fun being around these guys just seeing how some of them are. You hear about them on ESPN and stuff and to actually be meeting them -- there is more to it than football, so it is fun just being out here with the guys and having fun."

Sims is splitting carries in practice with Malcolm Brown and Aaron Green, who are also from the Lone Star State and ranked as five-star prospects. You would think that there would be some back and forth between the guys on who is the best player in the state, but that does not seem to be the case, at least according to Sims.

"To be honest I do not think there is any competition in the run game," Sims began. "I think we are the best three running back sin the United States. We were all highly recruited, but stats do not matter. We are all great guys and we have great personalities. We love the game of football and we come out here and just try and have fun. We work hard everyday. We practice hard and it shows out on the field."

"It is funny because those are the two guys I have heard about so many times and when I walk in my room I see Aaron Green lying on my bed and that's my roommate. That's tight. Me and him have been hanging out everyday and just having fun."

On Monday news came down that Oklahoma State running backs coach Robert Gillespie would be following Dana Holgorsen to West Virginia, and he was running point on Sims recruitment. So obviously Sims was going to be in somewhat of a shocked state, but fellow commitment J.W. Walsh is also in San Antonio for the high school bowl game and he had some good advice for his future teammate.

"I actually went up to him and told him (about Gillespie leaving) and he was actually in shock," Sims informed. "He was upset, but he was telling me to try not to think about it too much and just enjoy this week and go back and talk to my family. He believes I am still going to go there and as of right now I really do not know what to think."

"I still believe that I am going to end up there and then again I want to still get the feel of who it is going to be (to replace Gillespie). I hope that they bring somebody in quick, because signing day is only a month away. I don't want them to bring somebody in a week or two before signing day and me not like them and I end up changing. I am going to be out of options to go visit places and things like that."

However no colleges immediately came to mind for Sims to actually take those visits to.

"To be honest I have no idea," Sims responded when asked about schools he might try to go see. "That is something I thought about yesterday. Who could still be out there?"

"TCU is always in the running, but they are going to the Big East and I don't know about that. I am already going away from my home to Oklahoma, but that is not that bad. It is still close by and you can drive five hours to go see. But going up to Pittsburgh and Connecticut and all that stuff you never know what is going to happen. I always want my family to be a part of it, so I am just going to have to wait and see and pray about it and whatever happens happens."

Only the Cowboys and the Horned Frogs have continued to recruit him since he made his verbal pledge to sign with OSU, but it sounds like he will try to get out and see some places.

"Oklahoma State and TCU still to this day are the only two that have been keeping up. The rest have pretty much respected the fact that I am going to Oklahoma State. I have not taken any officials. I am going to go and take a couple of officials and see what else is out there, but I am not giving up on Oklahoma State. I am still committed to Oklahoma State and that is not going to change unless at the last minute something happens. I feel that is where I am going to end up."

"Once I made commitment I tried to stick with it and I have stuck with it and I do not want to keep anyone running in the wrong direction and getting seconds thoughts. I have had some so much support from my family and my coaches and they just tell me to try to take it all in because you only get this opportunity once. Take advantage of it and God is going to put you where you need to be."

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