Team Alabama: Jordan Sims

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Homewood, Ala., offensive lineman Jordan Sims was moved to left tackle Wednesday after a couple of team Alabama offensive tackles went down with injuries.

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"It's an adjustment for sure," Sims said. "I've never played left tackle before. Even today I played some left guard, and I've never played that before. This week I've played center, left guard and left tackle. Those are all knew positions for me. I've always played right guard my whole career. I haven't been on the right side at all this week and that's what I'm used to playing. It's been a change, but I think it's going to make me a better player. It'll increase my stock, and I think colleges will like that because it'll make me more versatile. I'm getting better and better with it with the more reps I'm getting."

Going against the best of the best in the state of Alabama during two-a-days this week is making him a better player.

"It's a great experience. It's competition with every play and every block. It's definitely making me a better player."

The 40-man roster for team Alabama has had a chance to bond throughout the week.

"It's has been a lot of fun. You don't get to meet great competitors like this every day. We've all become friends after competing against one another our whole careers. It's nice to get to see the other side of one another. We've all gotten really close."

Some of the players are itching to finish their high school careers and move on to the next level. Sims has mixed emotions.

"There are pros and cons. Even this week I kind of miss being away from home. I'm not a big travel person. Being away for a week from my family is kind of tough. It'll take some adjustments when I go off to college, but it's something you have to prepare yourself for. At the same time I'm ready for new things and playing on the next level."

What has Sims learned about himself playing against Alabama's elite?

"I learned a lot of things that I need to work on and things that I'm actually good at. It's exploited some weaknesses in my game. I know I need to work on my quickness and flexibility. On the positive side I feel like I have the competitiveness and strength to hang with these guys."

Which colleges are in the picture right now?

Jordan Sims

"I've only set up one visit so far and that's to Ole Miss. I go there on January 24th. I'm still talking to Florida, Mississippi State, LSU and Oklahoma. They've all offered and want me to come in for a visit. I haven't made up my mind yet on who else I will visit."

What stands out about Ole Miss so far?

"Just what coach (Hugh) Freeze stands for and his priorities. They're recruiting me the hardest, and I've had some good trips over there. I feel really comfortable over there. I just have a great relationship with coach (Derrick) Nix, coach Freeze and coach (Matt) Luke."

What are the positives with MSU?

"They just started recruiting me a couple weeks back. I really don't have a feel for them yet. I might go over there in January and check it out."

Florida is a school that might need Sims the most.

"I'd say Florida or Ole Miss needs me the most. Probably Florida, but they let their offensive line coach go so it's kind of back to square one with those guys."


"I just like the type of program they have. They like my size and feel like I'd fit in."


"They feel like I will just maul the defenses in their league."

It was reported that Alabama is in talks about a greyshirt offer for Sims. Is that a viable option if that opportunity presents itself?

"Yes, I just turned 17 so I'm a year young for my class anyway. It's close to home and obviously they have a great football program."

When decision time does roll around, what will he base it off of?

"Education and being comfortable where I am at. I also want my parents to be comfortable where I'm going so they know I'll be taken care of."

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