By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Paxton Sims is looking at his trip to the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game this week as an opportunity.
The 6-foot-1, 285-pound offensive guard from Choctaw County High School is hoping to show what he can do on the football field as he looks to move on to the next level.
“I want to keep on playing football,” he said. “I have some junior college offers. I’m just looking for an opportunity and the right place.”
When Sims wants to talk football, he doesn’t have far to go to find an educated ear. He can talk to his father Stan, who played at Mississippi State.
“We just talk about football in general,” Sims said. “It really helps me a lot to talk with someone who has played and has done it himself.”
“He is just a hard-nosed, gritty guy,” CCHS head football coach Adam Dillinger said of Paxton Sims. “He has a got a really good mean streak in him for an offensive lineman. He has been a good player for us for a long time.”
Dillinger said he’s not going to be surprised at how far Sims makes it on the football field.
“He is going to go somewhere,” Dillinger said. “He may go to a juco for the first one or two years, but somebody’s going to give him a chance.
“He is a guy who can get a little stronger and will be a real good fit for somebody,” he said. “He has a competitive edge.”
Sims said he was excited about playing with teammate Tre Brown for the South squad in this week’s Bernard Blackwell game and was also pleased that CCHS teammate Taboris Lee got a chance to participate in last Saturday’s Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic.
“We have played together since junior high,” Sims said. “We have always wanted to have success. This is really a dream.”
Sims said he has already qualified with his ACT score and noted that the classroom was as important as the football field.
“(My dad) said education is just as important as football,” Sims said. “If you are going to be D-I on the football field, you need to be D-I in the classroom.”
So far Sims has scholarship offers from Co-Lin, Itawamba, Hinds, Northwest Mississippi and Jones County Junior College.