Pat Sims

With signing day just around the corner, this prep standout says he is close to announcing his college pick.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Defensive tackle Pat Sims says there is a good possibility that the Auburn pipeline to the talent pool at Dillard High School will stay open in 2004.

Last year the Tigers pulled in a blue chip recruit from Dillard, defensive end Stanley McClover, who is expected to be a key member of the AU defense this fall.

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Pat Sims

"I am going to announce my decision at the school on Wednesday," Sims told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I have narrowed it to two schools--Auburn and Rutgers." When asked if he had a favorite, Sims said, "I like Auburn."

A standout at an Auburn summer football camp, Sims has gotten bigger since then. He currently weighs 295 pounds on his six-foot-two frame. He has 25 quarterback sacks in the past two seasons and finished his senior season with 65 tackles.

In addition to McClover, the Tigers feature another former Dillard star on their defense, strong safety Junior Rosegreen. The senior is expected to be a leader of the 2004 squad as a returning starter..

"Pat was a three-year starter for us and he has the size and speed that college teams are looking for," says Dillard High Coach Ken Scott. "He has also been recruited by Michigan State, Pitt, Iowa, Mississippi State, Florida and others."

Sims, who plays power forward on the Dillard High basketball team, moves very well for a big guy. "He has played some tight end for us," Scott notes. "His quickness is very good and that is one of the reasons he is such a good college prospect."

The Tigers are also recruiting Dillard wide receiver Kelvin Chandler, who earlier narrowed his choices to Auburn, Pitt, Iowa and Rutgers. Auburn or Pitt look to be the most likely destinations for Chandler.

"Kelvin is a talented athlete with good size at 6-2, 180 with 4.4 speed," Scott says. "He is a 6-6 high jumper and he has excellent hands."

Like his teammate Sims, Chandler is expected to announce his college choice at Dillard's signing day ceremonies on Wednesday.

The Tigers have had a series of key players from Dillard contribute on the field since the early 1990s with performers like Otis Mounds, James Bostic, Calvin Jackson, Charles Dorsey, Brian Robinson, Frank Sanders and others coming to play in the SEC for the Tigers.

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