Central Lafourche standout signs with Millsaps
Sat. May 11, 2013 at 12:02 a.m. | By Perry Pitre/Sports Correspondent
Central Lafourche's Rashad Sims signed a national letter-of-intent to play for Millsaps College of Jackson, Miss., on Friday in a ceremony in the Central Lafourche library. (Photo by Perry Pitre/Correspondent)
MATHEWS — Central Lafourche's Rashad Sims is trading his green and gold for purple and white.
Sims, who played running back, slot receiver and defensive back for the Trojans, signed a national letter-of-intent to play for Millsaps College of Jackson, Miss., on Friday in a ceremony in the Central Lafourche library.
"I started talking to Millsaps a couple of months ago," Sims said. "I started out with a list of colleges that were interesting in me, but I kept narrowing it down till it came to Millsaps. I thought Millsaps was the best choice education-wise because my parents kept telling me that I wasn't only going to play football, I was going to get an education."
Sims, who was born in Baton Rouge and lived in Indiana before moving to Raceland, said it took him a while to "get into" football.
"I started playing football in seventh grade, but it wasn't till my freshman year that I really started to love it," he said.
So what changed in his freshman year?
"I started to get good at it," Sims chuckled.
Sims' father, Bryan Sims, said he started to see his son's potential in his sophomore years.
"He always had the talent, but he didn't have the work ethic," he said. "So we had to stay on him, but he worked really hard to get better. He really deserves this. It was fun watching him develop from a little 155-pound kid as a freshman to a 190-pound kid now. I was there with him every step of the way. I kept telling him that there's a lot in life that can distract you from your goals, but he's stayed focused. And his dream came true (Friday)."
Sims' mother, Rose Sims, said that academics were an important part of his decision to attend Millsaps.
"Our first thing was, academically, he went someplace where he could get a good education," she said. "And after our visit to Millsaps, we thought that this was the place where he would get it."
Travis Douglas, who coached Sims in the secondary this past season, said Sims has a lot to offer a football team.
"He can do a lot of things," Douglas said. "He played slot receiver for us, then played corner for us and did a phenomenal job for us. He can play running back or strong safety. He's quick and he's explosive. He's been a starting running back since the tenth grade, and this year he did something really unselfish. We needed help in the secondary, so he came in and played corner for us. Six interceptions in four games. He's a real ball-hawk."
Sims plans to major in business and finance.