ATHENS, Ga. -- Offensive tackle Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) awoke from a post-practice nap to find out that a longtime dreams of his had come true.
“I was actually sleeping around 9:30 when I got an alert on my phone from my Facebook account that I had gotten a message,” Sims said. “It was from the offensive line coach, Coach [Will] Friend. So I called him and he said they were offering me a full scholarship to come play at the University of Georgia.”
The 6-foot-4, 278-pound junior was taken aback.
“It was kind of surprising actually,” he said. “I wasn’t really prepared. I didn’t expect that at all to be honest with you. My family was shocked too. I know my mom was and my grandparents.”
And family could ultimately be the deciding factor in his recruitment.
“When I was a kid I used to always watch the University of Georgia,” Sims said. “Me and my family were all big Georgia fans. My cousin plays for Georgia and that helps the chances of me going up there. We lived right down the street from each other.”
Sims’ cousin is Bulldogs safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, the No. 1 player in the state in 2012 and one of the top performers from Georgia’s spring camp.
“We used to play against each other,” Sims said. “It is kind of ironic that he played for the Florida Gators and I played for the Georgia Bulldogs on the Boys and Girls Club teams. Those were the names of the teams. It was kind of funny at the time, since he was always a Florida fan growing up.”
Harvey-Clemons almost went to Florida, and his signing-day story riveted the Bulldog nation. Sims doesn’t think there will be as much drama with his decision.
“I have always really liked Georgia,” Sims said. “As far as committing though, I think I need to keep my options open. I need to discuss it with my family and go from there.”
Sims already had offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee and Charlotte. On Tuesday he added an offer from Central Florida. He thinks more schools are likely to offer.
“I just recently started talking to Arkansas, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Louisville and some others,” Sims said. “One of my coaches had a couple players who play for Alabama. He was talking about me to the Alabama coaches and they were looking to get some film of me. So I think I might be talking to Alabama soon.”
Sims, who transferred from Valdosta High School to Lowndes in February, will make a return visit to Athens this spring.
“I got a couple visits planned,” Sims said. “I am definitely going to visit Georgia and probably Central Florida.
While in town he will catch up with Harvey-Clemons, something that was hard to do when they were on opposite sides of the field.
“He was always a kind of elusive-type guy,” Sims said. “You can’t really get your hands on him. When I was going to Valdosta and he was playing for Lowndes, every time you tried to get him he was somewhere else.”