Florida is recruiting Sims the hardest

It is no secret that one of the contributing factors to Florida’s struggling offense this season has been subpar play from the offensive line. While some recruits might see that as a reason to overlook the Gators, Jordan Sims (6-4, 348, Homewood, AL) sees opportunity waiting  if he chooses the University of Florida as his college destination.

Florida’s struggles have not discouraged Sims in the least. He sees the Gators as a team that is trying very hard to get better and he also sees UF as a place to get a quality education.

“I just see a team that is trying to improve every week,” Sims said. “With me it’s not about who’s the best but I just want to go somewhere where I can get a good education and feel comfortable at and contribute on the field.”

Jon Halapio is graduating at the guard position this year and Max Garcia will be a senior next year so the need for inside linemen is a huge need and that’s what Florida sees Sims at if he chooses Gainesville as his college destination.

“Florida wants me at guard but they know that I played tackle up until my junior year so they are aware that I can play there if they need me too,” Sims said. “They are losing a lot of inside guys so they said that I can come in and contribute early on at one of the inside positions.”

Sims received a visit from offensive line Coach Tim Davis during Florida’s bye week, time that was used to set up an official to Gainesville.

“I’m going to take my official for the Florida State game,” Sims said. “Coach Davis came up to my game a few weeks ago when we played Talladega and he wanted me to take my official for that game. My parents and I plus my sister are going to be coming in for that game.”

The Gators have had problems with recruiting top offensive linemen but they are giving Sims their undivided attention and the Alabama native is noticing that and that’s what has helped secure an official.

“Florida is one of the hardest teams recruiting me right now,” Sims said. “Auburn and Ole Miss are also recruiting me pretty hard so far. I have taken an unofficial to Auburn already and I plan to take an official to Auburn and Ole Miss for sure and also one to Florida. I may take an official to Alabama and LSU too but I’m not sure right now.”

Sims says he will not have a big ceremony for his announcement but will simply just announce whenever he feels comfortable with a team.

Spivey Says: Sims is really intrigued by Florida and sees an opportunity to come in and play early at right guard potentially. Auburn has backed away from Sims somewhat due to its need at tackle and not guard which is where Sims is slated to play in college. Getting Sims and his mom on campus is huge and if the Gators are able to impress the family a commitment could come soon after from the Alabama native.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.