Will Sims Play RB or LB?

[MEDIA:32874]<BR>Will <B>Ernie Sims</B> play running back or linebacker at the next level? The senior to be at Tallahassee (Fla) North Florida Christian, is the number one rated (5 STAR) LB, according to TheInsidersRecruiting.com. He may also be the nation's finest running back prospect. Sims, who is rehabbing from a MCL injury, is leaning towards one position right now. And it may surprise you. Oh yeah... he also has to decide where he will play his college ball.

Ernie Sims, the nation top rated prospect from Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian High School, had an unexpected thing happen to him during his spring jamboree in May. The dominating linebacker and running back prospect injured his MCL in his right knee. Sims had his knee scoped and he has been rehabbing over the past few weeks. 

"I actually started running today (Tuesday)," said Sims last night. "I would say I am about 70%. Put it this way, if I had a game tomorrow, I would play." 

The injury suspended the recruiting process for Sims in the respect that he was going to camp at quite a few colleges and take some unofficial visits this summer. Instead, he has been lifting weights, working and rehabbing the knee. 

"I am doing great and feel stronger, especially in the upper body." 

Now, all Sims has to do is figure out what position he wants to play and at what major university. He has been insistent that it didn't matter to him. He has been torn between running back and linebacker. For now, he has his mind set on one position at the next level.... well, sort of. 

"Right now, I am leaning to play running back. I am starting to realize that with my size and speed, I am built to play that position more so than linebacker. I think it's ideal for me." 

Either way, Sims has a bright future ahead of him. Perhaps the bigger decision is where to play running back or linebacker. For now, he has it narrowed down to (not in any order) Florida State, Florida, Miami, Georgia, Tennessee, Oregon, Michigan, Oklahoma, Southern Cal, LSU, and Auburn with scholarships offers from everyone. Sims plans on having the list cut in half to five sometime early this fall. 

"That is the plan right now. I am taking my time with the decision because this is a once in a life time thing. I want to have fun with it and do what is best for me." 

Last season as a junior, Sims started at linebacker and played running back only when his team needed him or a jump start. In limited duty, he still rushed for 790 yards (82 rushes) and scored 17 touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 164 tackles, 12 sacks, 41 tackles for a loss, and caused 7 fumbles. This season he will start at both positions.

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