FSU likes Sims as an athlete

David Sims is one of the top overall athletes in the southeast for the 2009 recruiting class. The standout prospect already has 12 offers from a wide assortment of schools, and is garnering interest from several other programs. One school that is getting into the mix is Florida State. NoleDigest spoke to David to get his thoughts on the Seminoles and to see if they are a school he likes.

David Sims is a prospect that can play on either side of the ball on the collegiate level. In high school he is Calhoun County High School's starting quarterback, and also starts in the defensive backfield. As the team's signal caller he passed for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns while only throwing 2 interceptions. His ability to be a dual-threat player allowed him to gain 900 yards on the ground with 11 rushing touchdowns. On defense, Sims picked off 5 passes, taking 2 back for scores. It's this versatility that has put him on the map as a high level Division 1 player.

"Recruiting has been going well. I'm pretty happy right now with where I am at with it. Coming into the deal I didn't think I'd get this many offers so soon. I knew I had the potential, but I didn't think they'd come like they have. I'm going up to Chapel Hill soon to participate in a combine, and I plan on gaining some more offers with my performance."

Right now Sims claims that he has 12 offers and says that several schools send him mail frequently.

"Georgia Tech, Colorado, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky are some of the bigger schools that have offered me. Notre Dame has shown me a lot of interest and Boston College has been sending me mail. I get a ton of letters from both of these schools but they haven't offered me yet."

One school that is coming into the picture for Sims is Florida State. The Seminoles have had success in the state over the past decade, landing several of the state's top players throughout the years. Growing up, Sims said that he was a big-time fan of the Noles.

"Florida State is my dream school. I love Florida State and grew up watching Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Peter Warrick and Chris Weinke. I've wanted them to come into the picture. I spoke to Coach Coley (Friday). He was telling me they like me as an athlete right now and that I can play on either side of the ball. He said that once Mickey Andrews sees my film, I should be getting the offer anytime soon. It was a good conversation and we talked about how they'd like to get the ball in my hands or use me as a defensive back." "I told my coach that we need to go down there and check them out now. We were going to anyways because they have offered my teammate Alshon Jeffrey. If they offer me and I like what I see on the visit, there is a good chance that I'd commit to them. I've just always liked them."

While it is clear that the Seminoles seem to be the team to beat for David at this time, they haven't offered him yet. One school that has offered him is Georgia Tech, and he has made several visits there. He says right now they are his favorite school.

"Right now I'd say Georgia Tech is my favorite because they offered and I had a good time there on my visits. They've offered me as a quarterback, and said I have the option to play anywhere on the offense. I'd prefer to stay in the offensive side of the ball. With my size (5'11" 210) I think I can be an effective runner or slot receiver. I like the coaches at Georgia Tech and the team seems like they have good camaraderie. Watching the practices I liked how they went hard the whole time. I've also been to Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. They were good visits, and I was impressed by Alabama's facilities."

At this time Sims says he isn't sure when a decision is going to be made. He told NoleDigest that when he finds the right fit and what he is looking for, he will pull the trigger on the commitment.

"I'm not sure when I will make the decision yet. When I feel 100% about a school and am sure that is where I want to be, I will make it. I don't want to be one of those recruits who decommitts and goes somewhere else, so I want to use these visits to see what these schools have to offer. I'm looking for a chance to play early and I don't want to redshirt. The school that has a good education and the right atmosphere where I can have fun and get along with my teammates will be the choice."

With a good senior season, Sims will be a player who will become a bigger "name" on the recruiting scene. He is already a good student, reporting a 2.9 GPA, and says that he may be a candidate to graduate early. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with David and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.

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