Is FSU too late?

On Thursday David Sims was offered a scholarship from the Florida State Seminoles, putting his total number of offers near 15. The last time NoleDigest spoke to Sims he stated an offer from the Seminoles would place the Noles at the top of his list. NoleDigest spoke to the Calhoun County High standout to talk about the offer and to see if the Noles are now the team to beat.

David Sims is a top-flight dual threat athlete from St. Matthews, SC. As one of the top two-way players in the Palmetto state for 2009, Sims has seen several schools extend an official offer, putting his total to around 15. During spring football practice many of the schools that are interested in Sims came by the school to see what he can do in person. Today 3 big-time programs extended offers to Sims, one of them being from his childhood favorite in FSU.

"Today I got offered from Florida State, Michigan and Oregon. I already knew the offers from Michigan and Oregon were on their way, but I didn't know the offer from FSU was coming. My last spring practice Florida came to see me and offered. That puts me at like 15 offers now, so I am pretty happy about that. 1 offer is good, but now I have a lot of options to look at. I think schools like Kansas and Notre Dame are going to offer me soon because they've been talking about it through mail recently."

When NoleDigest spoke to Sims for the first time in late April, he stated that the Seminoles were his childhood favorite team. He said that an offer would mean big things for him, and a visit to see the school would pretty much seal the deal. As it stands now that is not the case anymore, as Sims feels the Noles have been slow to come in and offer.

"It's good that Florida State offered me, but the offer would have meant more to me had they offered me a few weeks ago. I had to wait for the offer and kind of forgot about the whole thing. I was told that when Coach Andrews say my highlight film there wouldn't be much of a wait to get the offer, but it's been like a month. I feel like I am kind of undervalued right now, and feel like the offer took too long to come in."

Florida State coaches have been on Sims for some time. Coach James Coley has been in contact with him throughout the process, showing Sims that the coaches are interested in the ability that Sims brings to the table.

"I've spoken to Coley a few times. I talked to him about the offer, and I said I didn't know it was coming. Coach Coley came to see me during the spring. We talked after that visit and he said the coaches like what I can do on both sides of the ball and they really like my versatility. We talked a little bit and he asked if me and Arthur (Jeffery) were going to come to Seminole Showtime. I said I wasn't sure. We may go there or to Florida's Friday Night Lights."

"Florida State is looking at me as a defensive back. Most of the schools are projecting me there. I'd like to play running back or receiver, but whatever gets me on the field quicker is where I'll play. FSU showing that I could get some playing time there early would interest me. Alabama and Oregon are telling me I can play wherever I want. Georgia Tech and Kansas are looking at me as a quarterback. Even though some schools are telling me I can play on offense, every school is on an even playing field at this time. After I take some visits this summer hopefully I'll be able to cut down my list some."

David seems like a recruit who is pretty open at this time. Early on he was favoring the Yellow Jackets from Georgia Tech, but he says that isn't the case anymore. With an even playing field to deal with Sims is beginning the process of planning visits for the summer.

"I am trying to line up summer plans. My team comes first so I am not going to let the visits get in the way of what we are trying to do at Calhoun. I can't miss a lot of practices so I will be looking to make some visits over the weekends. Whenever I have an open weekend is when I'll look to make some visits."

It looks like the Seminole coaches have some work to do with David Sims. If he comes down to visit for the Showcase, there is a good shot that the Seminoles will make a move up the list for the talented athlete. Sims' recruitment is far from over, so stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with David and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.


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