Abilene (Texas) High has played one of the toughest schedules in the country. The Eagles have taken on nationally-ranked foes such as Cocoa, Fla., Tampa (Fla.) Plant and Franklinton, Louis. Though many people know the name of Rivals100 running back Herschel Sims, it is another Sims that has made the biggest impact for Abilene this season.
While his cousin Herschel was injured and missed all of the Cocoa game and was limited in the Plant game, quarterback Ronnell Sims took the team on his shoulders. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound athlete showed his versatility with both his arm and legs. He has now picked a quartet of offers in his own right.
"I have offers from SMU, Baylor, Rice, Tulsa and Louisiana Tech," Sims said. "The SMU offer was the most recent one. It came just a little over a week ago.
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"I got the offer from SMU after the Plant game. That Friday, that's when I got the offer. It came as a big surprise. I wasn't expecting anything."
With Abilene and Plant playing on national television, one interested observer was SMU head coach June Jones. He saw enough of Sims in just the first half to know he wanted him as a Mustang.
"My coach told me that after the first half of the Plant game, the SMU head coach told my recruiter to offer both me and (Abilene wide receiver) Darius Joseph," Sims said. "Coach Warren told us both that next morning.
"It feels good that I was able to impress him in one half like that. Being that I play quarterback and I'm undersized and they see something in me that I can play another position, that was nice to hear. It makes me feel good that they have faith in me to come in their program and make an impact."
Sims could play a number of positions at the next level.
"Rice and Louisiana Tech have said they'd let me try playing quarterback, at least at first," he said. "The rest have mostly said slot receiver. Some of them have talked about putting me as a DB."
He does admit to preferring the offensive side of the ball, though.
"I would like to play quarterback but, with my height, I know that's probably not going to happen," Sims said. "I'd probably have to say slot would be my next preference."
Though Herschel is committed to Oklahoma State, the two cousins have often talked about the possibility of continuing to play together in college.
"We've talked about it," Ronnell Sims said. "We could possibly do it. Oklahoma State, they're recruiting me as a slot. If they offer me, that would be a possibility. TCU, that could be a possibility also. We're just going to wait and see what happens."
Sims has been to one college game this season, watching TCU and Oregon State play in Dallas. He hopes to make more unofficial visits to campuses, though. Though the Eagles are 3-2, the reigning state champions have yet to begin district play. They have a bye this weekend before hosting Odessa on Oct. 8.