Catching Up With Herschel Sims

Herschel Sims is one of the highest profile recruits in Oklahoma State's football recruiting class. He and his Abilene (Texas) High School teammates have played two games on national television this season, and Sims is scheduled to be featured next week on MTV's World of Jenks. We hired a reporter to visit with Sims and get the latest on his commitment to the Cowboys in this exclusive.

The 5-10, 195-pound Sims created quite a panic among Oklahoma State fans when he was quoted last week by a TCU website as saying that he was now a soft verbal to the Cowboys and was now considering the Horned Frogs. He didn't recant those statements when interviewed Thursday but did say he likes what he's seen at Oklahoma State.

"When I went up to Oklahoma State, I felt like I was at Abilene High School," said Sims. "The coaches there are amazing. I'll get the chance to play early and that's something I'm looking for.

"One of the best backs that ever played in the NFL was Barry Sanders and I'm fortunate enough to go to the same school he went went to. Hopefully, I can follow in his footsteps if not do better," he continued.

Cowboy fans want to know if Sims would like to continue playing football in college with his cousin Ronnell, who has been Abilene High's starting quarterback the past two seasons.

"We've both talked about it. The plan hasn't changed. We're still hoping to go somewhere together. If he's able to come to Oklahoma State, then that's what we're going to do. If we're able to play ball somewhere else, we're going to try to do that," he said.

"But if not, then it's just a selfish decision for both of us. We've just got to do what's best for both of us and go on with our lives. We're still going to be cousins. We're still going to keep in contact. This won't get in the way of our friendship," added Sims.

Neither Oklahoma State nor TCU have offered a scholarship to the 5-8, 165-pound Ronnell Sims. His offers are reportedly from Tulsa, Baylor, SMU, Rice and Louisiana Tech.

Sims said the recruiting process was hectic until he made his commitment to Oklahoma State in April. But it appears that his recruiting has picked up in recent months as several other schools, including TCU, attempt to change his mind.

"It was a lot of pressure. People were constantly asking where I'm going to go to school. I really didn't have an answer, but as the season went on, the recruiting process, I went and took a couple of visits," said Sims, who has rushed for 535 yards and five touchdowns on 83 carries during an injury-plagued senior season.

He did not play in Abilene's 31-28 victory over Arlington High School in a first-round Class 5A Division II playoff game.

Sims is hoping to play when the Eagles, 8-3, face El Paso Coronado, 8-3, in a Class 5A Division II area playoff game at 2 p.m. Saturday in Lubbock.

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