Not many programs are as hot on the recruiting trail as Baylor is right now. The Bears have landed 9 commitments since late April, and are showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. The number two recruiting class in the Big 12 added another recruit earlier today, when San Antonio tight end Ben Sims committed to Baylor. Sims is the 14th player to join Baylor’s 2018 class, and the first tight end. Most of Baylor’s class right now is composed of skill players with lots of speed, and while Sims isn’t going to run a 4.4 40 time anytime soon, he fits that athletic mold out of the tight end spot, and he fits in this class because of that.
— Ben Sims (@BenSims00) June 2, 2017
THE SIMS FILE
Sims has flown under the radar up to this point in his recruitment. He held offers from Bowling Green, Houston, SMU, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas State and UTSA. He picked up offers from Texas Tech and Arizona State in the last few weeks, as well. However, Baylor was easily his best offer, and he’s smart to jump all over it. Baylor fans shouldn’t fret though, Sims is a very talented player, and should get more interest, and a recruiting rankings bump, following his senior season.
The main reason that Sims is ranked where he is (1072nd in the 247 sports composite), is because he hasn’t seen the field a ton in high school, and when he does, he really isn’t utilized. Last season he only had 30 receptions, for 472 yards and two scores. He has a high ceiling, and Baylor plans to utilize him far better than he is currently being utilized. The way that Matt Rhule plans to use tight ends is actually one of the main things that sold Sims on Baylor, as he witnessed the tight end usage on multiple occasions in practices that he visited.
On the field, Sims is absurdly athletic for how big he is. He’s a legitimate 6-foot-5, maybe even taller, and moves like 6-foot wide receiver. He’s very good with the ball in his hands, and pairs that surprising running ability with excellent power, and very nice hands. His route running needs some help, but you can’t teach hands, and he has NFL caliber hands. One of the biggest things Baylor likes about Ben isn’t a pass catching trait, but his ability and willingness to block. He’s a team player, and he loves to block, something that Matt Rhule has really been looking for, both in tight ends and in wide receivers. His ceiling comparison is Kyle Rudolph, with a hint of Jordan Reed.