AJC Super 11 candidate: Brookwood WR Andre Sims

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Brookwood WR Andre Sims Jr. (left) and his mom. We love our Moms! Any player sending in a photo with their mother gets extra credit from the AJC (Special)

Since 1985, the AJC’s Super 11 team has transformed into one of the nation’s most elite lists, consisting of the best 11 high school football players from the talent-loaded state of Georgia. Over the next few weeks, we’ll go over the top candidates for this year’s AJC Super 11, which will be released on Aug. 15)

The AJC Super 11 candidate: Brookwood WR Andre Sims

The skinny: The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Sims set Brookwood school records for receptions in a season (56), receiving yards in a season (915), receiving TDs in a season (9), receiving yards in one game (167) and catches in one game (10). He also returned six punts for 140 yards to put him over 1,000 all-purpose yards for the year. Sims said he played one game as a defensive back and recorded eight tackles and one interception.

Sims set school records for receptions in a season (56), receiving yards in a season (915), receiving TDs in a season (9), receiving yards in one game (167) and catches in one game (10). He also returned six punts for 140 yards to put him over 1,000 all-purpose yards for the year.
Sims said he played one game as a defensive back and recorded eight tackles and one interception.

Colleges: Michigan State was the first major-college offer for Sims, who quickly accepted. The Spartans recruited Sims to play his “natural position” of defensive back in college. Sims was also getting looks from LSU, Vanderbilt, Ohio State and Virginia Tech when he committed in April.

The lowdown: You know that little speedy wide receiver who gets behind the safeties on almost every play? You know, the one who you are sitting in the stands watching, asking the people around you “Are the coaches seeing that? Do you think they will throw one deep to that kid — just to see what happens?” Andre Sims is that kid. He is an absolute nightmare for cornerbacks and safeties who like to cheat up the field in anticipation of a running play. If the defensive secondary takes a few errant steps, Sims will blow by them. You’ve got to remember that Brookwood High, which was once the posterchild for “three yards and a cloud of dust” (aka run-oriented offense), has opened up the playbook, hence Sims’ assault on the record book. Brookwood coach Mark Crews will toss one deep to Sims 2-4 plays per game. Just the threat of a deep pass to Sims can distract and stretch the opposing defense. The little guy could break all of his own school records as a senior. He has above-average speed (4.43 in the 40-yard dash) and looks much faster in pads. He runs decent routes but can get away with it in high school because of his raw speed. He will need to get stronger, as Sims is tackled too easily after initial contact.

If it was completely my vote: Sims is a longshot for the Super 11, but he is easily one of the state’s best WRs. He put up big numbers in one of the state’s toughest regions as a junior, but the college recruiters still had concerns about his size. They wanted to get him in summer camp to see what he could do in the WR and DB drills with their own eyes. Michigan State wrapped him up before anyone could get a closer look. If you’re 6 feet or under, it is very difficult to get a D1 scholarship at WR. Sims said he will play DB at Michigan State, and he projects very well at that position. He has quick feet, decent hips (needs a little more flexibility), and is fearless going up against much bigger players to fight for the ball. Sims projects to contribute immediately on all special teams at Michigan State.

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Note: The AJC’s Super 11 team consists of the state’s top 11 senior football players, and not college prospects. It is selected by AJC staff members in a partnership with our friends from GHSFD, based on observing the player either in person or on film. A very important part of the process is getting recommendations and feedback from high school coaches from around the state, along with running the names by a few college coaches. It’s an imperfect process, but we do our best. The AJC’s 2010 Super 11 team will be released next month.

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16 comments Add your comment

FireCrews

August 4th, 2010
8:31 am

Great kid but plays for a pathetic coach.

POAD

August 4th, 2010
2:32 pm

He is a little short don’t you think? Most WR are 6ft. at least. He is fast enough to cover but I don’t see him being Big or Tall enough to play against Taller more physical WRs.

brookwood_skunk

August 4th, 2010
3:36 pm

Great Kid. Good Leader. Great Parents.

localdad

August 4th, 2010
3:38 pm

too short? at his height he is taller than desean jackson and wes welker. go get em kid……

LeftCoastDawg

August 4th, 2010
4:30 pm

Most DB’s are shorter than WR’s. Thats where short receivers get moved to.

Know Football

August 4th, 2010
4:38 pm

POAD –

Just because a receiver is bigger or taller doesn’t make him A) better, or B) more physical.

Unfortunately, the word is that UGA’s new DC doesn’t want DB’s under 6-0. That’s pretty short sighted (no pun intended). With that philosophy, he wouldn’t have recruited Eric Berry, Greg Reid (FSU), Javier Arenas, Darrell Revis (best DB on earth was 5-10 in high school), Tim Jennings, or even the best DB in Athens right now, Brandon Boykin.

Here’s hoping Sims goes to Michigan State and turns it out! Have a great senior year, Andre!

Snoopy

August 4th, 2010
5:11 pm

Good luck to ya in that pedestrian league up north…

Championships come from the SEC

lucky21

August 4th, 2010
5:57 pm

one of the few bright spots on brookwoods generally awful football team last year

SouthGARules

August 5th, 2010
12:10 am

Just imagine if he had Kent Rollins as his QB.

Crowell's new home

August 5th, 2010
7:13 am

Newly expanded Bryant-Denny Stadium will open this fall as the fifth-largest football stadium in the country, with a capacity of 101,821 seats.

Paddy

August 5th, 2010
9:12 am

Bout the same size as Alfred Jenkins of the Falcons a few yrs ago, he was a good receiver. There are many 6′0 and under cb’s in college football at all levels of competition.

Rick S

August 5th, 2010
9:46 am

Out of sight out of mind- Michigan State- Are you kidding!

mr. Thomas Anthony "The taxman Cometh" Jones, SR

August 5th, 2010
10:11 am

The power in Gwinnett County returns to the southern part of the county and Parkview, Grayson, and Brookwood destroy Peachtree Ridge, Dacula, and Mill Creek and other imposters and counterfeit phony North Gwinnett teams. The new high school, Archer High will be better than half the teams in North Gwinnett. Guaranteed! Hey North Gwinnett high schools get ready for Basketball seasson. Your Football season is over already!!!

granddad

August 6th, 2010
12:03 am

This is great you have my support in any way!
gd

Iowa Family

August 6th, 2010
9:29 am

This is simply OUTSTANDING! Finally the AJC got it right and follow the stats and not the “chatter”. AJ will do an OUTSTANDING job for the Spartans because he knows where his intellect, power and strength comes from! And believe me…he maybe out of the sight of most southern networks but he has family up north and (as you can see)in the Mid-West… in BIG 10 country! Go AJ!!

texas longhorn hill

August 6th, 2010
4:24 pm

watched sims play on a local park team and was like wow.. he was all over the place .saw eric berry at creekside and brandon boykin and coached isaiah washington who is at ga tech..as a fellow db at 5′9 myself with a d1 school its not about size but heart and football knowledge… go aj