Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: 30
Size: 6-4, 348
Hometown: (Homewood HS) Homewood, AL
Stats: 5.2 40
Projected position at OM: Offensive Guard
Accolades: HIGH SCHOOL: Named a U.S. Army All-American … Made the MaxPreps Medium Schools All-America second team … Listed as a 3-star recruit by Scout.com, who also ranked him the 30th-best offensive lineman in the nation… Rated as the No. 14 player in Alabama by Scout.com … Competed in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic … Named to the All-Metro team by the Birmingham News … Made the AL.com All-Super State team … Was an Associated Press Class 5A All-State team selection … Named the 2013 ASWA Class 5A Lineman of the Year … Graded at 91 percent with 81 pancake blocks and no sacks allowed as a senior … Coached in high school by Doug Goodwin.
Recruiting Competition: It's no secret Jordan coveted an offer from either Alabama or Auburn being a home state youngster, but he never got committable offers from either and went looking for a home. Florida, Oklahoma, LSU, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State, besides Ole Miss, all made pushes for the big guy. In the end, it seems, the Rebels had the most patience as he kept waiting on the in-state schools to come through. While this appears like a second-choice kind of scenario for the Rebs, who cares? Other powerhouse programs wanted him, Ole Miss wanted him and Ole Miss got him. Now, he's a Rebel, and from all his quotes, he's happy with the final result.
Quotable: "The coaches' message was that I'm the type of person that they want in their program. They're not promising me a starting spot, but an opportunity. I have to take advantage of that. They really think I'd fit in with the program. I think they're right. I feel really comfortable there. I just have a great relationship with (Ole Miss running backs) Coach (Derrick) Nix, Coach Freeze and (offensive line) Coach (Matt) Luke.""
Scouting Report: The Rebels were on the hunt for "more athletic" linemen during this recruiting season, but ideally they wanted big and athletic. Jordan fits that bill. He's got quality feet with good lateral movement and he uses his hands well. He's long and has a good mental approach to the game. He needs to shed some weight, but in a good weight program and with proper nutritional guidance, Sims should prosper at Ole Miss.
Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: "Jordan has work to do with his weight and conditioning, but what we saw on film when we were making decisions on offensive line prospects left us convinced he has the base tools we are looking for. He's got length with long arms, he's got good feet and he can move laterally and straight ahead. With the late attention he got from some other schools, we feel really good about being able to get him. We lost a lot of offensive linemen off our squad and needed to sign some quality replacements. With Jordan, Rod Taylor, Christian Morris, Fahn Cooper, Tyler Putman and Sean Rawlings, we feel we have done that."
Signee Spotlight: Jordan Sims
Scout Rating: ***