Possible Sleeper At Colerain

Despite recruiting services like scout.com and college camps and combines, some high school players can still get overlooked. Colerain High School might just have the next local "sleeper."

As late as last January, Drew Frey had no Division IA scholarship offers and hope of playing major college football was quickly fading away. Then everything changed when Mike Elston, Cincinnati's recruiting coordinator, saw the Clinton Massie speedster on film and liked what he saw. Frey was quickly brought to campus for an official visit, offered a UC scholarship and eventually signed with the Bearcats in February. As Drew continues breaking track records at Clinton Massie this spring, other schools might be wondering how they overlooked the big, athletic speedster. Quentin Sims of Colerain High School could be this season's Drew Frey.

Sims stands almost 6' 4" and weighs 190 pounds, and he's been timed at 4.5 seconds in the forty-yard-dash, but Quentin was a back-up last season for the Cardinals so he's somewhat of an unknown. What is known about Sims is he was the starting quarterback at Northwest High School as a sophomore before transferring to Colerain last season and playing behind Doug Reynolds. This season Sims knows he has to make his move and beating out an incumbent like Reynolds may not be the best use of his practice time. "I think it'll be better to have me as 2nd string quarterback and play me at receiver."

Sims says he has gotten some early interest from schools like Cincinnati, Louisville, Virginia and Bowling Green but nothing serious. It's tough for schools to get too serious for a back-up high school player, even if he's a back-up for powerful Colerain, but Quentin does have an ace up his sleeve. His father, Fred, was a starting running back at Oklahoma. As a freshman in the 1981 Sun Bowl, Fred got his first start and rushed for 181 yards leading the Sooners to the bowl victory. Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims, no relation, had graduated in 1980, and it looked as if the Sims name would live on with Fred. As a sophomore, Fred was again a starter, but everything changed in 1983 when another Sooner star was born. "They recruited Marcus Dupree and wanted to move my dad to fullback, but my dad really wanted to play running back so my dad left for the USFL. He signed but the league folded, and then he played in the Canadian Football League."

Quentin's younger brother Damon, who will be a junior next year, is also a college prospect and could compete for playing time with Quentin. "He's about 6' 3 and might weight 200 pounds. He's a wide receiver and could play some tight end too." Quentin is hoping the Cardinals have a change in offensive philosophy and will throw the ball more next season so he can show what he can do. "Doug (Reynolds) can throw pretty well so that's why I want to play receiver, but they also have me at wing back. I'd like to get the ball in my hands."

The first three games of 2007 will be very important to Quentin since most schools like to look at senior tape in evaluating players with limited experience. The Cardinals will face some stiff competition. "We play Dayton Wayne first. Then we play Hoover (Alabama) in the Herbstreit Challenge and a team from Toronto."

Since Quentin has already been at a Cincinnati spring practice and the Bearcat Bowl spring game, it's fair to say he likes the Bearcats. "I really like that Coach Coombs is there now, and it's a local school with nice facilities."

With his size and speed, Quentin believes schools will recruit him as an athlete. "With my size, I could play a lot of positions in college."

Bearcat Insider will check back with Quentin periodically to see if he becomes the next Drew Frey.

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