Class of 2005 Prospect - MS LB Archie Sims

Archie Sims (6-1, 200, 4.5), a linebacker who plays for West Jones High School in Laurel, Mississippi, is a player to watch this year. Several schools have already taken notice of his tremendous speed, great strength (335 BP, 505 SQ) and great work ethic (works out with his teammates and has a summer job).

Archie Sims Profile:

Sims, a MAC first-team All-State selection last year, is a player who could wind up being one of the most highly recruited players in Mississippi this coming year if he has another great season. Although he has a small frame for a college linebacker, his 4.5 speed in the forty, 335 pound bench press and 505 squat will offset his lack of size.

Obviously, based on the interest he is receiving, there are a lot of college coaches that feel the same way.

"I received calls from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn, Memphis and Southern Miss during May," said the soft-spoken Sims.

His head coach has also been busy helping to get Sims' name out to college coaches. He has received a lot of positive responses due to that help.

"My coach has sent my highlight tape out to a lot of schools," said Sims. "All of the coaches that have seen my highlight tape said they liked it. Auburn liked it. Ole Miss liked it and said they were probably going to offer. West Virginia and Memphis said they liked it."

One in-state school has been impressed enough to go ahead and offer Sims a scholarship.

"Mississippi State has offered me," said Sims, who attended MSU's Senior/Junior Camp and the Steve McNair Camp.

With so much interest being shown him by several colleges, has Sims given much thought to what schools most interest him?

"My favorites are Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Miami, Auburn and USM," said Sims, who is doing well enough in the classroom to project as a full academic qualifier.

Although he didn't go into much detail, Sims mentioned a few things he liked about his top five schools.

Mississippi State
"I like Amos Jones, the linebacker coach. I liked all the coaches. They have a big facility and the campus is nice. I attended their camp. They kept us busy. We did a 7 on 7 thing toward the end and I liked that. Coach Croom basically told me to come on (laugh)."

Ole Miss
"I didn't go to their camp, but I went to their (spring) Junior Day. The coaches seemed nice. I got to walk out onto their football field. The stadium is nice."

Miami
"I just like them."

Florida
"I like them, too. I visited them when I went to their spring game. They were sending me a lot of letters but I haven't heard anything from them lately."

Auburn
"I haven't been there, but I talked to (assistant) Coach Dunn (during May)."

I'll keep you posted about Sims' recruitment throughout the upcoming season.


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