Recruiting: Sims Talks Oklahoma State

As we write this Herschel Sims is proably on his way back to Abilene from the Region I-5A Track Meet in Lubbock, Texas. where he ran in the 100 meters and the 4x100-meter relay with his Eagles teammates. Their relay team came in with a pretty good best time from this spring of 43.10 seconds.

Sims is fast but what makes him special according to his football coach at Abilene is that he is as fast in a football uniform as he is in track shorts and spikes.

Sixteen opponents had a hard time with him and the Eagles last season as he helped them to a 16-0 record and the Class 5A Division II state championship.

Sims set the Abilene High School single-season records with 2,352 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns on the way to the championship. He also earned All-State and All-American honors, as well as being named on nearly a dozen postseason honor rolls.

Last week with offers coming in from the likes of Florida, Georgia, LSU, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and USC, Sims said yes and made a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State.

"I felt like Oklahoma State was a place for me to be," Sims told the Abilene Reporter News. "I had it in the back of my mind, deep down in my heart that I was going to choose to go there. Why wait? Why hold off for such a long time?

"The coaching staff there is just like our coaching staff (at Abilene High)," continued Sims. "When I talk to them, it's like talking to (AHS head coach Steve) Warren and the rest of the guys. I just felt like Oklahoma State is a home away from home."

Sims and Warren both attributed the Oklahoma State running tradition, both recent and through the decades, with helping make up the 5-9, 190-pounder's mind.

"Me being a running back, that's what I look for," he said. "That's what I like.

"Coach (Robert) Gillespie, the running backs coach, is a great guy. He's still young (30). He acts young. He acts like he's just one of us. He's someone I can talk to on a regular basis, not just football-wise but he also cares about me off the field as well."

Sims was in Stillwater for the Oklahoma State Junior Day in March and spent lots of time with head coach Mike Gundy. He knows all about the new Cowboy offense and how his talents suit that attack. He said he is also not worried about going 6 to 7 hours away to college.

"I wanted to get away for a while and it seemed like it's the perfect distance," he said. "It's not too far and it's not too close to home, just right for me. At any time, I can easily come back and visit my folks and things like that. I think it's a good decision."

Oklahoma State fans along with his fellow committed members of the 2011 recruiting class would agree with Sims on that.


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