The recruiting process has become very hectic in a short amount of time for class of 2014 wide receiver Cameron Sims. Within the last month, the 6-4 195 pound Sims has added offers from both Georgia and Alabama, in addition to countless other programs from around the country.
Ouachita Parish High School coach John Carr spoke with TSD on Monday to detail the recruitment of his star player. Carr explained that the he isn't surprised at how many colleges covet the three-star Sims, given what he did on the gridiron last season.
"The recruiting process is getting very hectic for Cameron," Carr told TSD. "He had a great season and made a lot of big plays. People are really coming after him because he is a big guy at 6-4 and he has added a lot of weight. Given his size and length and his production last year, there is no surprise that he is getting recruited heavily."
When asked what kind of player Sims is, Carr didn't even hesitate. Carr explained that Sims has certain qualities that have college recruiters very excited.
"He's very humble and he has great work ethic and he responds well to coaching," said Carr. "He is a tremendous competitor and is a big true x receiver. He will continue to get polished in the little aspects. But he was blessed with great size and speed."
With attention picking up so quickly for Sims, Carr explained that one SEC offer caused the rest of the conference, and other schools, to take notice of Sims in a timely manner.
"The SEC is really coming after him since the Alabama offer came through," said Carr. "Georgia just offered him the other day as well. Oklahoma State is also in there now."
With Sims hailing from the Monroe, La, area, one would assume that LSU would be a major player in his recruitment. While he has visited LSU this spring for their Boys from the Boot junior day, Carr explained that his talented prospect has not heard much from the Tigers since he was on campus.
"To my knowledge, there hasn't been a whole lot of contact," said Carr. "He went for junior day, but that is the last they have had contact with him. They are the only SEC school not to offer him at this point."
Because an offer did not come through from LSU during his visit to campus, Carr explained that Sims was a little bit disappointed at first. However, now Sims understands that his recruitment isn't over and anything is possible down the line.
"He came away a little bit disappointed that an LSU offer didn't come through," said Carr. "He understands that he has other offers out there and he isn't going to get caught up in the reasoning behind LSU not offering. It's not like he is worried about it because he knows that an LSU offer may come through."
At this point, Carr is not surprised at all that Sims isn't letting the recruiting process get to him too much. Sims, along with his family, has taken everything in stride so far, according to Carr.
"He is a well-grounded kid that is just proud of what he has accomplished so far," said Carr. "All of that other stuff is not going to be a distraction for him."
"He will continue to work hard and then sit down and make a decision with his family. He isn't worried about who has offered and who hasn't."
With Sims having so many offers at this point in the process, Carr explained that he has had steady contact with every school that has offered him so far, something that the family of Sims is very grateful for.
"I think he has stayed in contact with Alabama a lot," said Carr. "Most of the schools that have offered him have been in steady contact with him. He has around 20 offers and he is open to everybody. His family is just excited that he has these opportunities ahead of him."
Carr went on to say that Sims would attend the first of LSU's summer camps taking place in June in order to get some time with the coaching staff, as well as showcase his talents in hopes of an offer.
Aside from the planned LSU visit, Carr explained that Sims has numerous other schools that he would like to check out this summer, especially because Sims hopes to just focus on football from here on out.
"This summer I think he will go to Georgia, Ole Miss, and Arkansas," said Carr. "Washington and Oregon may be in line for a visit as well. He is going into it all of these visits open-minded. He is going to take some time off of basketball this summer to do all of these things."
Carr also added that Sims is already academically qualified, as he has maintained a 3.0 GPA and already has qualifying test scores.