Sooner Target Goes Off in Playoff Win

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 after a huge playoff game performance.

In the Lone Star State, the final football playoff rounds remain as the state quarterfinals are underway this weekend. Meaning that the teams that are still alive have brought much to the table in a quest for a state title.

So while teams as a whole are bringing their ‘A' game, individual players are likely doing the same. So when Abilene shocked the football world with a 41-17 win over state-ranked Cedar Hill, it was running back Herschel Sims who had a record-breaking day.

"I felt I did pretty good. I had no idea that I would do that good though," Sims said of his performance. "I told my offensive line to just hold their blocks for 1-2 seconds and I would find the holes. We did that all game. We played a great team, but this was a game that we just wanted more than our opponents."

Pretty good may be a slight understatement, even for a player on the standards of Sims. Though only a junior, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Sims broke his personal record rushing 30 times for 274 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 29 yards.

This level of play has brought about awareness in Sims' skills and he has already been pegged as one of the top backs for the 2011 class. Right now he holds offers from Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, but anticipates more to come soon enough.

"I am looking forward to more schools recruiting me and a few more offers coming," Sims said. "After signing day I know coaches start looking at the next class much harder so I see spring ball being big for me."

At the moment, Sims stated that he talks to coaches from a variety of schools including Texas Tech, LSU and Oklahoma. From the Sooner camp, assistant coach Cale Gundy is recruiting him.

"I try and call him about once a week. Sometimes we talk football and sometimes just life in general," Sims said. "He (Gundy) told me that they are looking for a back who can make things happen, you know a guy who knows what to do with the football. A good runner, but a complete back who represents the team well on and off the field.

"I feel like I have those qualities."

Sims and the Abilene football team will face Arlington Bowie this Friday. So far this season, Sims has rushed for over 1,900 yards and scored 36 touchdowns.

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