If you judge a book by it's cover, North Shore running back Allen Sims could be the best back in the Houston.
Sims (6 feet, 200-pounds) is the most well put together running back in the area, hands down. Schools visiting the east Houston school have noticed him, but are waiting to see what the chiseled athlete will do in 2006.
Sims has projected as North Shore's greatest running back prospect in the history of the program, but two knee injuries and a loaded backfield slowed his arrival.
"Allen is a big back with speed," North Shore coach David Aymond said. "It's deceptive speed. He'll run over people before he outruns them. That's just his style. He's a 4.4-guy and nobody really realizes that."
Sims rushed for more than 800 yards last season, playing the team's last eight games. He also shared carries with cat-quick back Deion Gilliam, who ended up at Central Michigan. Couple that with the fact that North Shore starters are usually out of the game by halftime, and Mustangs backs never put up big numbers.
"Coach said that I will be the workhorse this year," Sims said. "I hope to get over 20 carries a game as the featured back."
Sims attended the Texas camp with teammate Chykie Brown this summer and has been receiving interest from UTEP, Arizona and Colorado of late.
"I'm really taking as it comes," he said. "I've been to a few combines and I like Arizona and some of the Florida schools. I'm going to have like a 1,500-plus year, so I will get on the radar."