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Tallahassee, Fla. LB Ernie Sims, Jr. talks about his favorites and his interest in Oklahoma


There are some great linebackers across the country, but most college coaches tell me that none are better than Sims. Sims has been a major factor in varsity high school football since the 8th grade when he started on a state 2A championship football team at defensive end. Sims moved to outside linebacker the next season before moving inside his sophomore year.

Last season he played both inside and outside as his coaches tried to hide him on defense.

"My coaches tried to move me around so that I could find blitzing lanes," said Sims. "Offenses are now game-planned to stop me, so we move around to try to confuse the offense."

Sims finished with an amazing 188 tackles last season with over half solo stops. Throw in 40 tackles for losses, 12 sacks, 10 caused fumbles and you have a year that most players can only dream of.

Sims can bench 375 pounds, squats 455 and has posted a 35-inch vertical jump. Last season Sims attended the Auburn camp and he has been to the FSU camp in the past, however this summer he is staying home to workout with his teammates.

Both of Ernie's parents attended Florida State as his father - Ernie Sr - played for the Seminoles from 1979 to 1982 at linebacker and his mother - Alice - ran track and competed against the likes Florence Griffin-Joyner on a national level.

"I get it all from my parents. The Lord has blessed me with a set of parents like them," said Ernie Jr. "There was a time that I couldn't beat my mom in a race or my dad for that matter. However, I have finally got to the point that I can beat them, but it took a lot of work on my part to get that done."

"Don't assume that I am going to Florida State just because my parents went there and I have watched Florida State all my life," said Sims. "I like a lot of different colleges and want to take an opportunity to look around. It's always been a dream of mine to play at Florida State, but maybe FSU is not the right decision for me. I want to take my visits and I don't plan on committing until I sign with a school on signing day."

"Besides Florida State, I like Miami, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, Southern California, Oregon, Oklahoma and Michigan. All have offered me and at the beginning of the season I plan on narrowing that down to a top five."

"Oklahoma is kind of like Florida State in that they have this dynasty going as the best in the country. I have been watching Bob Stoops and his teams are producing great linebackers and quarterbacks. I don't know a lot about Oklahoma, but I know they have a great program and that is why I plan on taking a visit up their."

Sims has qualified and he wants to be Veterinarian.

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