Sims to check out Sooners…live

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we talked with junior running back Herschel Sims from Abilene High School in Texas.

For the 2011 class in the Lone Star State, there is no shortage of running backs as Division I schools will likely make a made rush to get in on the nearly two dozen top backs. One of which who will be heavily pursued, and really already has been, is Abilene's Herschel Sims

Already holding offers in hand, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Sims will start making some rounds to take in a few college football games. Over the summer, he took unofficial visit to Oklahoma and Texas Tech. And for his Saturday schedule, those are two schools that will likely see him on the sidelines.

"This Saturday, I am going to Dallas to see the Oklahoma/BYU game," Sims said. "Then I will catch Oklahoma when playing Texas Tech in Lubbock. I will also be at a few Texas games and try to get out to Oklahoma State as well."

And while checking out select colleges that he has some interest in, his first and primary objective is the Abilene football team.

On last Saturday, Sims and the Abilene team took on Fort Worth Dunbar, and game that they won 56-13.

"We won this past weekend and I had a pretty good game," Sims said. "I had 11 carries for 121 yards, seven receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown, and I returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. I did pretty good."

Obviously, someone along the way has instilled a level of humility on Sims as the numbers listed seem slightly better that ‘pretty good.' And according to Sims, there is a good support team in place.

"I have people around me all of the time who tell me to stay humble and don't let any of this success get to my head," Sims said. "I have been playing football nearly all my life and done good at it. I just put everything in God hands as I have dreamed about playing at big college one day."

That is a day that is likely to come. Sims holds three offers at the moment from Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State. He keeps in touch with coaches from many different schools, but spoke on a coach he had a recent conversation with.

"After my game in Saturday, (Oklahoma assistant) coach (Cale) Gundy and I talked. He is a real cool guy and we are getting to know each other," Sims said. "He tells me some things that a lot of people are telling me when it comes to recruiting. I have two years and make sure I am for certain of where I want to go when I commit."

Sims has publicity said that the Sooner program sits atop the list, but does still remain open. With that and his favorite NFL player and former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson, it does seem to shine a light towards the Sooner program.

"He (Peterson) is my favorite player and coach Gundy coached Peterson so I know coach knows what he is doing," Sims said. "All of the coaches are cool and when I visited Oklahoma, it was everything I imagined. They put in a lot of hard work up there. It seems like if a player does not want to work hard, then he probably shouldn't go there (Oklahoma)."

As a sophomore, Sims has over 800 yards rushing, caught 30 passes and had 19 total touchdowns.

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