SMU Snags Two From Abilene

PonyStampede.com has learned through multiple sources that Abilene teammates Darius Joseph and Ronnell Sims have committed to SMU.

PonyStampede.com has learned through multiple sources that Abilene teammates Darius Joseph and Ronnell Sims have committed to SMU.

We are currently reaching out to the teammates to get a few comments.

A projected receiver at the next level, Sims has been Abilene High's quarterback for the last two seasons, winning a state championship his junior year. Currently he is a 3-star receiver.

"Sims may not have ever been the biggest player to step out on the field for Abilene High, but he was certainly one of the most electric," said FoxSports/Scout.com Midland's Regional Manger Greg Powers. "He is lightning in a bottle and is always lethal with the ball in his hands. He is a player who could contribute in a number of ways, but certainly he is a guy who you try to get the ball to in space."

Joseph has been one of Sims favorite targets for the last two seasons. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior originally graded out to be a safety at the next level, but could play receiver at SMU as well.

"Joseph is another multi-functional talent. He has nice size and I actually like him to play a rover safety type position where he can use his athleticism to cover the short and intermediate passing game and come downhill to make plays against the run," said Powers. "If not for missing some valuable time as a junior with an injury he could have put together a much larger offer list."

The Mustangs will hopefully use the momentum from Sims and Joseph to look to establish a pipeline at Abilene, a school known for producing D-1 talent.

"It is always good to land players off a team that is rich in its winning ways. These types of players that are used to winning can rub off on the rest of the team. They also understand what it is like to play in big games. Sims had one of the best games of his career in the 2009 State Title win," said Powers.

With the additions, SMU moves up to No. 44 in the Scout.com team rankings.


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