February 25, 2013

Dawgs made impression

Homewood (Ala.) offensive lineman Jordan Sims let slip a small laugh when asked if he happened to watch the SEC Championship between Georgia and the home-state Alabama Crimson Tide.

He admits the Bulldogs made an impression.

"Georgia was definitely not a team I was thinking about at the beginning of the season," Sims (6-foot-4, 330) told UGASports. "I wasn't hearing people talk about them that much, but they proved in that game they can play with anybody. That's a good team."

So, when Bulldog offensive line coach Will Friend offered Sims a scholarship Monday, his ears perked with interest.

"That game showed me that they can compete with anybody because they gave Alabama a really hard time," Sims said. "They've got great talent and are a really good football team. That's the heart of it right there."

The Bulldog offer wasn't the only good news Sims received on Monday.

Big 12 power Oklahoma also came through with an offer, giving Sims 12 thus far, a list that also includes Alabama, Auburn, Oregon and Florida State.

"They're really starting to come in," Sims said. "It's been crazy."

But as far as actually making any visits, Sims is just getting started.

He's been to Alabama and Auburn, but has yet to leave the state. That could be about to change.

Bulldog coaches have asked Sims to consider paying a visit to Athens this weekend.

"I'm going to talk to my dad tonight. I know they've got a basketball game this weekend (Tennessee), so I'm going to ask my dad about going over," Sims said. "But if not, I will make the trip at some time."

Sims said he's looking forward to seeing what the Bulldog is all about.

"I don't know a lot as far as the campus," he said. "But I've been watching football on TV for five or six years; I've seen Georgia a lot there. I know they've got a great program."