Sims Key in Bringing Title to Abilene

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. After a stunning 28-17 win in the Texas State Class 5A Division II title game, Sooners Illustrated caught up with junior running back Herschel Sims from Abilene High School in Texas.

For a player who performs at the level of Abilene (TX) running back Herschel Sims, 13 carries for 105 yards may not seem like solid numbers. But when your quarterback, and cousin (Ronnell Sims), runs for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the Class 5A Division II state title game, it's easy to understand why.

Last Saturday in the AlamoDome, the Abilene football team led by the Sims' walked away from San Antonio with their first state title since 1956 with a 28-17 win over the back-to-back defending state champions Katy.

"It was basically just taking care of the football and executing. We have a great team and they have a great team, we have a great offense and defense and they have a great offense and defense. We just felt like we were better today and made sure and executed," Herschel Sims said.

The War Birds did exactly that. 

In the early moments of the game, it was all Ronnell. He opened the game up with back-to-back touchdown runs from 47 and 11 yards. But, with the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Hershel Sims
in the game, that freed up plenty of room for Ronnell as the defense watched Herschel close throughout the entire contest.

"We (Ronnell and Hershel) just have that communication, that bond that we have had since we were little growing up," Herschel Sims said. "Coming into this game, I knew that Katy would be keying on me. He (Ronnell) stepped up big in this game and that is what big time players do. He played an amazing game and the offensive line played hard as well. 

For me, I knew that I just needed to be patient because my time will come."

And it did. Late in the game as Katy looked to be inching its way closer, Herschel started getting some movement. Couple of carries broke for first down yardage. But in the end, it was Herschel's 60-yard score that literally covered the entire field that proved to be the touchdown to seal the win.

"One of the coaches just told me to try and get the first down," Herschel Sims said. "But I got a couple of blocks and saw somewhere to run. I was just able to do whatever it took for us to win. Coach (Steve Warren) just told me to be patient, as things were not working to well for me early in the game. I was blocking and helping in any ways I could and that just opened doors for me later."

With that mentality, plenty of doors have been opened and college coaches across the country want to see him on their rosters in the next few years. Right now, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State are the schools that have offered him, but there is no doubt more scholarship offers will be coming his way. 

In previous interviews, Oklahoma has been a school that sits high on Sims' list, but he wants to keep the open mind with the process. He has already visited Oklahoma and made the trip to Dallas to see the Sooners take on BYU this past season. He has also taken in some Red Raider games.

But for now, the fact that his team has just won the state championship is top priority. Even so much to the point that he is already looking to get ready for the next one.

"As far as recruiting, I really don't know what I plan to do next. I'll let God lead the way for me," Sims said. "I'll go through off season and just see what happens. I still have a long way before I decided where I want to go. I plan to visit to a couple of places, but I am going to wait to see where I want to go."

The Abilene football team ending the year undefeated with a 16-0 record. Herschel Sims' contributions (as far as statistical) towards the wins were 265 carries for 2,346 yards (8.9 per carry) and 35 touchdowns.

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