Recruiting Update - Pat Sims

Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL has been a major producer of football talent, including current Buckeyes Chris Gamble and Thomas Matthews. They have more this year, and one of the best is DT Pat Sims, who is showing interest in Ohio State and lists a Buckeye offer.

Dillard High School (FL) is a major producer of football talent. We recently featured WR Kelvin Chandler of Dillard on Bucknuts, LB Vernon Smith has several offers, and we were told yesterday that DE/TE Louis Holmes still plans on being a Buckeye pending his academic eligibility.

Another one of Dillard's outstanding players who has not received as much attention as his teammates but is one of Ft. Lauderdale's top recruits is DT Pat Sims.

"My top five schools right now are Ohio State, Auburn, LSU, Florida, and S. Florida," says Sims. He has received offers from all these programs in addition to an offer from NC State. Sims has camped at Rutgers and Auburn this summer and wished to camp at Ohio State but was be unable to attend due to family obligations.

As far as making a decision, Sims does not know when exactly he will make one. Some the factors playing in to his decision include the depth chart of each program and where he will be able to make the quickest impact.

At 6'3", 275 lbs, Sims has been bulking up this summer and working on his 4.8 speed. His biggest strength is his speed, and he feels he needs to tone up his upper body to be a successful college player. "I'm quick for a big man," Sims explains, "It doesn't matter what position I play on the line. I can play defensive tackle, end, or nose tackle." Sims projects to be a DT in college.

Sims hopes to lead Dillard to a state title this year, and the team is in good shape to make a legitimate run at the state title. He also hopes to break the single season sack record, which is in the thirties.

Sims credits the coaching staff at Dillard for his development into a top Division I prospect. With this work ethic already established, Sims hopes to earn a starting position as a freshman in college. "I want to get there and give all the players there a challenge," says Sims.

Some other aspects of his game Sims has been working on this off-season are his hands and technique. "At camp, I learned a lot of new hand techniques and how to use my hands properly. I also learned how to lean in at the DE position when I make a move instead of going in straight up," explains Sims.

Sims draws inspiration from Warren Sapp and Jevon Kearse, both masters of their defensive positions, respectively.

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