Dyshon Sims' recruitment is blowing up. So far in May he has added offers from UCF, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Georgia, and the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide. He already had North Carolina, Cincinnati, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State and Louisiana Lafayette. Not bad. Sims says that a Florida State offer is coming soon, and he thinks an offer from the Florida Gators could be as well.
It's easy to see why coaches are racing to offer the athletic 6'5, 278-pound offensive tackle prospect from Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes High School, formerly of Valdosta High School.
"It's exciting," Sims said. "I'm just getting to know all these coaches."
Sims said that he is bring recruited by coach Kirby Smart of Alabama, who stopped by Friday to watch a workout. Coaches Mike Bobo, Will Friend and Mark Richt are on his trail for Georgia. For Tennessee, it's Don Mahoney. Jeremy Pruitt is on the case for Florida State, and coach Brian White is recruiting him for Florida.
Sims doesn't have one particular school standing out as of yet, as it is still early on in the process. But he does know what he wants in a school.
"Unity. With the team, I want team unity," Sims said. "And with the school, I want a meaningful degree, not just one that is given to me because I play football. When I am done with football, I want my degree to stand on its own."
Academics are important to Sims, who isn't sure what he wants to major in, but does have interest in sports management.
"My grades are very good. I'm going to check my spring grades right now, but the lowest score I have so far is an 83," Sims said.
Sims grew up around football stardom. His cousin, Josh Harvey-Clemons, also of Lowndes, plays for Georgia. And his close family friend Greg Reid, also of Lowndes, starred for Florida State before running into trouble and transferring to Valdosta State University.
A busy summer schedule awaits Sims. He plans to take several visits and participate in camps as well.
"I have to see Tennessee. I was talking with their coach about the new facility, and he said when Peyton Manning came back to Tennessee, he said that none of the NFL teams have a facility like that. So I have to get up there and check it out."
Sims also wants to check out other spots, including Tuscaloosa, Tallahassee, Athens, Gainesville and Starkville.
Until then, Sims will be working to improve his game.
"I'm very comfortable zone blocking and pass blocking," Sims said of his athleticism and playing in space. "But I am working to become better on my straight ahead blocking and getting stronger."
SB Nation recruiting will check in with Sims later this summer to update his recruitment.