Sims becomes first Texoma player in years at NBC All-American Bowl
DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) - Standing six-foot-4, 290 pounds as a 17-year-old will open some eyes on the football field. When you add in gazelle like reflexes and quickness on the defensive line, it is not hard to see why Xadavien Sims, now signed to Oregon, is the number one ranked player in the state of Oklahoma for the class of 2024.
"Probably the first day he ever came to practice and just the look and the awe from other players because he's a full grown man," said Durant head coach Todd Vargas.
"He still has so much untapped potential because of his age, because of the growth we've seen him have in the last year and a half," said Sims' trainer Sean Cooper.
Now, Sims will make history as the first player from Durant and in the KTEN viewing area north of the Red River to play in the NBC All-American Bowl at the Alamodome.
"To to finally put Durant on the map and say we got an all-american coming out of the school and the city is great," said Sims.
While Xadavien Sims makes a living destroying opposing backfields, off the field, he's just "Dae Dae" and exudes confidence. It is that calm demeanor that impresses those closest to him.
"He's very humble," said Vargas. "Even from day one when he came in he didn't hold that he's this projected guy over anyone. He just blended with our team and with our kids."
And there are no questions where that mentality comes from.
"He's blessed," said Sims' mother LaTasha Jackson. "God's blessed us but just as fast as he's blessed us, he can take it away, so just don't take days for granted, keep God with you and you'll prosper further."
Vargas raves about his leadership skills and now Sims has a chance to be a trailblazer for more Texoma players to make it to the national stage in the future.
"It's special to the area of Texoma because its an area that's been neglected at times just because of where we're located," said Cooper.
"To be the first from this area it sets the standard high for others, so hopefully, we have more coming out of this area in this game," said Sims.
Sims will play on the West team with kickoff set for Saturday at noon on KTEN.
CORRECTION: Sims is the first Texoma player since Van Alstyne's Connor Mayes to play in the All-American Bowl in 2014.