Cameron Sims (Monroe La. Ouachita Parish) is one of the more physically imposing receivers in the nation at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds; his commitment to Alabama gives them another Louisiana product on its roster, with more coming down the pipeline.
Sims chose Alabama over Southern University, Oklahoma State, Southern Mississippi and Ole Miss, where he was intrigued by playing early in a spread offense. Primary recruiter Billy Napier and Alabama’s players from Louisiana sold him on the Tide.
“I know pretty much everybody at Alabama and they have a couple of Louisiana kids that live like 20 minutes away from me,” Sims tells Kipp Adams. “Billy Napier is a really serious coach that really tries to get to know you, care about you and get the best out of you.”
Alabama signed four-star receiver Raheem Falkins from New Orleans, La. last year, and with Pelican State natives Landon Collins, Kenny Bell, Denzel Devall and Tim Williams on the roster, Sims will have a semblance of home next year in Tuscaloosa.
Sims has a reputation of making circus-like catches, and is the second wide receiver to commit to Alabama this cycle, joining fellow four-star Derek Keif (Cincinnati, Ohio. LaSalle) in what will be a formidable wide receiver unit next year. Sims, Keif and Falkins will be joined by last year’s No. 2 wide receiver recruit Robert Foster, to be the heir apparent to Amari Cooper when he leaves for the NFL, most likely after his junior season in 2014.
Alabama needed Sims’ commitment after recently losing out on wide receiver targets Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla. Homestead) to Florida and Saeed Blacknall (Englishtown, N.J./Manalapan) to Rutgers, respectively. Alabama already owns the No. 1 ranked class, according to 247Sports, so the addition of Sims increases their stranglehold on the top spot.
Plucking Sims out of Louisiana could be a precursor of things to come, as the Tide’s top two targets, Leonard Fournette (New Orleans) and Cameron Robinson (West Monroe), are from there and have Alabama in their top two. Furthermore, five-star safety Laurence Jones (Monroe, La. Neville) is a close friend of Sims, and although considered an LSU, lean could be swayed to follow Sims to Alabama where he was with the aforementioned three uncommitted recruits last week.
With his impressive combination of height, 4.5 speed, competitiveness and exceptional ball skills, Sims should emerge as an early fan favorite. Sims’ high school coach, Jeff Fitzgerald, tells Sean Isabella of The News Star about Alabama’s newest commit and what he brings to the field: “He is a great competitor,” Fitzgerald said. “Not only is he big and fast and physical, but he competes for the ball. If the ball is in the vicinity, he believes he should catch every one of them.”
Those skills and work ethic could make it difficult to keep him on the sidelines as a freshman. His height, strength and ball skills could eventually lead to some Julio Jones comparisons. Working in his favor is his high school offense, which is similar to the offense run by Doug Nussmeier at Alabama.
Sims had 39 receptions for 948 yards, and eight touchdowns last year as a junior.