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Sims is Ready to Compete

By Matt Osborne
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After attending the University of Georgia’s Dawg Night in early July, Dyshon Sims knew that he did not need to allow the entire recruiting process to play out before making his decision.

“That’s definitely my intention, to go up there and hopefully play as a freshman.”
~Georgia OL commit Dyshon Sims

It didn’t long for Dyshon Sims to become a hot commodity on the recruiting trail.

Once a relative unknown to college coaches, word of Sims’ talent eventually started to get passed around recruiting’s inner-circles near the end of his junior year, sending a multitude of elite college coaches flocking to Valdosta, Georgia to check out the 2014 offensive line prospect.

Upon watching his film and seeing him in person, Sims picked up offers from some of the top programs in the nation. Alabama, Florida State and Georgia Tech were amongst the bevy of schools to send written offers Sims’ way in hopes of landing a verbal commitment.

And while there were certainly no shortage of options when it came to choosing a college program, in the end there was really only one choice for Sims.

After attending the University of Georgia’s Dawg Night in early July, Sims knew that he did not need to allow the entire recruiting process to play out before making his decision.

Driven by his relationship with the coaching staff in Athens – Mark Richt, in particular – Sims went ahead and informed the nation of his intentions to play out his collegiate eligibility for the Bulldogs.

“We’ve got a really close connection,” Sims said of his relationship with Coach Richt on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. “I was up there this past Saturday and I got a chance to spend some time with him, got some one on one time and we went over some stuff. We played some cornhole, believe it or not. He’s a real good guy, and I can definitely see myself playing for him for the next four years.”

The chance to play for a proven head coach is not the only reason that Sims is excited to enroll at Georgia, however.

After producing two of the top offenses in school history each of the past couple of seasons, the Bulldogs are set to have an explosive offensive unit once again next fall with players such as Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall and Malcolm Mitchell.

“We’re really not losing anybody else except for our quarterback,” commented Sims. “One of my quarterbacks played in the All-American game with me. He’s up there, and we have a pretty strong bond. I’m really just ready to get up there and start practicing and form a better bond with everyone up there because this is going to be my team for the next four years. It’s really exciting for me and my family as well.”

Though Sims is correct about the Bulldogs returning the vast majority of their talent at the skill positions, Georgia is actually set to lose three starters along the offensive line.

Competition for the newly-created starting positions in the trenches will undoubtedly be fierce, and Sims will naturally be at a disadvantage due to the fact that he will be a first-year player next season.

But he is not allowing that fact to change his expectations for himself heading into to his first season in Athens.

“That’s definitely my intention, to go up there and hopefully play as a freshman,” Sims continued. “But I know I have to come in and do a lot of work and do a lot of training and stuff, but I definitely can see myself having the opportunity to play one of those positions on the offensive line.”

With all of the skill talent to play at Georgia over the past few seasons, the Bulldogs have perhaps been one strong offensive line away from winning the SEC title.

Now that linemen such Sims are entering the mix, the Georgia coaching staff feels confident that the program will shortly be able to win its first SEC championship since 2005.

Matt Osborne - Matt Osborne currently serves as the director of recruiting and lead editor for Southern Pigskin. His work has been published in a number of national publications, including USA Today. Although he loves all levels of football, Matt's number one joy in his life is his relationship with Jesus Christ. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattOsborne200. For media requests, please email Matt at matt@southernpigskin.com.