Recruiting: Fellow Texans Ecstatic About Sims

Texas has been good to the Cowboys over the years but the start of the 2011 recruiting class has been very special. Denton Guyer defensive end Jimmy Beans and cornerback Miketavius Jones will help defensively. Then on offense the Cowboys started with a two-time All-District and All-State offensive lineman in Travis Cross, who is considered one of the top offensive line prospects in Texas.

Cross is a four-star recruit, according to, as is quarterback J.W. Walsh out of Denton Guyer. Walsh has already dazzled at the Dream Maker and Elite 11 quarterback competitions.

Now that foursome is joined by Abilene running back Herschel Sims. The five-star running back that helped lead the Eagles to a 15-0 record and Class 5A Division II State Championship last fall has Walsh and Cross fired up.

"I was driving home from track practice and I dropped a friend off and then called my dad to check in," said Cross, who added that he was on his way home from Plano West track practice. "He told me that Herschel Sims of Abilene had committed to Oklahoma State.

"I had to stop the car and i just sat there yelling. Herschel Sims is a great player and one that will make us better -- a lot better."

"I got a text from my coach in class that said Sims had committed," said Walsh. "I got real excited. This was a guy we were going after right after Travis and I had committed and met each other. He was a player at junior day that we talked to and told him we wanted him with us. This is a pretty big deal."

The 6-3, 190-pound Walsh has already established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in Texas. The son of Guyer head coach John Walsh directed a strong Guyer team last season that went deep into the playoffs.

Walsh was a unanimous selection for District 5-4A quarterback after the season. He passed for 1,764 yards and 21 touchdowns while completing 65 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 1,048 yards and 18 more touchdowns.

Walsh said he is as excited about Oklahoma State and his commitment to the Cowboys as he was the day he made it.

"I always feel good about Oklahoma State," he said. "I think about Oklahoma State and I have a smile on my face because I know that we had real good players go in there before us and we are going to have good players come in with us. The new offense is exciting and with all of that there is a bright future at Oklahoma State."

Cross, as mentioned, is regarded as one of the top linemen in the 2011 class in Texas as he has started since he was a sophomore.

"The fact that Oklahoma State is part of everything in my life, the coaches come down, come to town and I see them in evaluations and that reminds me of what is ahead," said Cross. "We talk when I call them and then email and catch up on what is going on. Then something like Sims committing gets me so excited."

Walsh is busy with spring football which continues this week at Guyer and when we spoke with Cross he was on a bus with his track teammates on the way to Lubbock for track regionals that begin Monday. Cross throws the shot and discus.

GoPokes Top Stories