In recent years, the Southern football team has been able to bring in some of the highest ranked prospects in the school’s history.
Sophomores Willie Quinn and Corey White and freshman Chuck Baker were all highly sought-after recruits (Quinn and Baker signed with the Jaguars out of high school; White transferred from LSU).
Southern hopes to add to that list with the possible addition of another — Ouachita Parish High School star Cameron Sims.
Sims, who will announce his college decision Saturday, is down to five schools: Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Southern.
The Jaguars are probably a long shot. But they at least have a shot.
247sports.com ranks Sims a four-star recruit and the No. 11 wide receiver prospect in the country.
“He’s got the height, weight and good speed for his size,” Ouachita Parish coach Jeff Fitzgerald said.
“He’s a quiet kid away from the field. (Sims) does a great job in the classroom and is well respected by his teachers and peers.”
Fitzgerald said he believes it doesn’t matter what school Sims selects; he can be successful in any system.
“You couldn’t go wrong with a system for Cameron,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s got a tremendous competitive side to him as well. Whether it’s catching the ball, blocking, it doesn’t matter what it is. He competes at itHe’s not your typical big, slow kid. He’s 6-foot-4 210 pounds and can run a 4.5 40, which will allow him to flourish in any system.”
Last season, Sims caught 37 passes for 917 yards, an average of 24.8 yards per reception.
“He’s one of those guys that one-on-one he’s going to win the battle most of the time,” Fitzgerald said. “The defense may win some battles but so is Cameron. And in those situations, when he does, he’s going to hurt you.”