4-star offensive guard recruit Jordan Sims has quickly become one of the more sought-after recruits in the 2014 class, and his offer list can back that statement up.
Since the beginning of February, Sims has received a plethora of offers from some of college football's most notable programs. The Vanderbilt Commodores offered Sims on February 6, and a few days later Ole Miss extended a scholarship.
Since then, the talented guard has landed offers from Florida State, UCLA, Alabama, Duke, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Florida.
Greg Ostendorf of ESPN.com reports on Sims' impressive few weeks on the recruiting trail, and his potential future plans:
Last week alone, Sims added offers from Florida, Georgia, Nebraska and Oklahoma. He was a little surprised by the offer from the Sooners, but now it’s starting to become routine.
“I’m used to it now, so I’m not freaking out as much when it happens,” Sims said. “…It just gets harder because I’m opening up my options. The more offers that come in, the more I’m going to consider different schools.”
Sims has already visited both Alabama and Auburn for their junior days. He plans to visit Ole Miss and Vanderbilt sometime this month, and he’s expected to make a trip to Georgia this weekend.
Sims is 6'4'', 325 pounds, and he's ranked as the No. 18 guard in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He's also a big state of Alabama recruit, checking in as the No. 12 recruit from the state.
Programs are obviously taking note of his potential and he specifically has a few very notable SEC offers. Alabama is currently the top team on his 247Sports interest list, followed by Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
Which SEC program would be the best fit for Sims?
It's tough to count out Alabama and head coach Nick Saban, and the Crimson Tide should definitely be considered the best fit for Sims. He already has an offer and he's an in-state recruit. Sims can stay within the state of Alabama and play for the best program in college football, for arguably the best coach in college football.
Alabama can really pitch itself to elite offensive lineman recruits, considering the success linemen have found at 'Bama, both personally and as a unit.
The depth chart would be pretty favorable for Sims as well. Anthony Steen will be gone by 2014 and Arie Kouandjio looks to be the future starter. Chad Lindsay will be a senior by then and Sims could compete with the likes of 2013 4-star guard Grant Hill and 2013 4-star grayshirt guard Bradley Bozeman for Lindsay's spot once he leaves.
Is Alabama the best fit for Sims?
Once Kouandjio moves on, Sims could move to either of the guard positions. Taking a redshirt year would also improve his chances of eventually landing a starting gig, with eligibility to spare.
Alabama will be a national championship contender for years to come, so Sims would have the opportunity to be a big part of a program that is quickly becoming a dynasty in today's modern era of college football.
It just makes a lot of sense for Sims to eventually end up with the Crimson Tide.
He has the size Saban looks for in an offensive lineman, he's an in-state recruit and eventually he can work himself into a starting role.