Today’s most interesting college football recruiting story has to do with a running back who has landed at a barely-known outpost in Texas, Lamar University.
At one time, former Abilene Wylie standout running back Herschel Sims was on top of the world. One of the top recruits in the 2011 class, Sims was moving up the Oklahoma State Cowboys‘ depth chart, and would have had his first chance to show what he could do this fall in Stillwater.
In a heartbeat, however, all the promise and opportunity disappeared as Sims was tied up in a fraud charge surrounding his unauthorized withdrawal of over $700 in funds from the bank account of teammate Jeremiah Tishimanga.
Upon being formally charged with fraud by the Stillwater Police Department, Sims was released from the team by Mike Gundy, and has been seeking a new home since.
This new home appears to be college football outpost Lamar University, located in Beaumont, Texas. Given that Lamar is an FCS program, Sims would be eligible to play immediately, and would not have to sit out a year as is mandated when a player transfers from one FBS program to another.
It’s a boon for Lamar, who has won only nine games over the past two seasons, and consistently struggles to land quality talent from the state of Texas. If Sims can manage to return to the form which had him placed as one of the top running back prospects in the country in 2011, it’s possible he could finally make some headway and catch the eyes of NFL scouts, which at one time was assumed to be all but inevitable.
Herschel Sims’ case is far from unique as we have seen in recent weeks with the fall from grace of another former first-tier running back recruit Isaiah Crowell, who was arrested on felony weapons charges in Athens, Georgia, summarily released from the program, and transferred to another FBS outpost, Alabama State.
Here’s to hoping Herschel Sims gets it together, reaches his potential, and stays out of trouble away from the field.
Someone has to.
Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
Kris is also the host of Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.