Sims to start over

Blake Sims is one of the top athletes in the South and he is ready to start over. He committed to Alabama back in the spring of 2009, but he has opened his recruitment back up again. Get the latest on Sims here.

"First of all, I appreciate everything Alabama did, how they recruited me, but I just feel like that is not the perfect fit for me," said Blake Sims. "Nick Saban and his staff are some of the finest people, they treated me right, Tuscaloosa is a great place, Alabama is a great school, they have a great program, and I like their coaches, but I feel I could fit in somewhere else a little better."

Sims did not really know where he would play in Tuscaloosa and just how he would fit in there under Saban. He didn't know if he would play offense or defense and he favors one side of the ball a lot more than the other.

"Alabama is a defensive-minded team and I want to be a part of an offense somewhere," he said. "I just want to get the ball and have a chance to make plays."

"I am not sure if I would have played receiver or where at Alabama, but I am just looking for a place I know they spread the ball out and where I will be used the best."

The Crimson Tide did nothing wrong, but at the end of the day, Sims just wants to feel good about his decision.

"I prayed about it, I talked it over with my family, and had a long time to think about things over the last 30 days," said the four-star out of Gainesville, Ga. "When I hit the field next year I want to be at peace with my decision, so I just want to explore all of my options. It was not easy for me to tell them about my de-commitment, but I have to do what is best for me sometime too."

Six schools along with Bama are now on Sims' list.

"Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia, Michigan, Florida State, and Florida are schools I am interested in. I don't have a leader, I am not ready to commit to anyone yet, and I just want to see what happens. Alabama is still in there too."

One school visited Sims earlier this week and the visit went very well. Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron spent time with Blake and his family on Tuesday and the Vols are definitely under consideration.

"They were at my house for a while and we talked about a lot of things. I have been up there before, I like their coaches, and I am looking at them right now."

Sims is one of the most versatile athletes in South and he could do a number of things on the next level. He could play quarterback, he could play wide receiver, he could play safety, he could play running back, and he could be used in the Wildcat package.

As a senior, he threw for 2,288 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 863 yards and 13 more touchdowns.

That came with help from his teammates and he knows that.

"I want to thank God for blessing me with the ability to play on the next level and I thank Him for my coaches, teammates, friends, and family for their support. They are a big part of all of this for me."

Sims now will start a new journey as we close in on signing day.

He wants the ball in his hands and you can't blame him. He is a threat to score when he touches the football and he is now back on the market looking for that perfect fit.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at

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