Sims Adding Offers, But IU Still No. 1

Bloomington – Thursday was a busy day for Cincinnati Colerain H.S. linebacker Damon Sims. The 6-3, 215-pound linebacker had coaches from Indiana, Kent State and Toledo all in the high school to talk to him about potentially being a member of their respective 2009 recruiting classes...

Bloomington – Thursday was a busy day for Cincinnati Colerain H.S. linebacker Damon Sims.

The 6-3, 215-pound linebacker had coaches from Indiana, Kent State and Toledo all in the high school to talk to him about potentially being a member of their respective 2009 recruiting classes. It's been that way as of late for Sims, who has seen a big spike in interest recently and now has eight scholarship offers.

"It's been hectic, but I like talking to all the coaches," Sims said. "At the same time, it is tough because I don't want to tell them no. But I like how they all want me."

Since Indiana became the second school to offer Sims a scholarship late last month, six more have stepped forward with an offer as well, including Toledo, Marshall and Kent State, among others.

There had been plenty of interest in Sims before the recent wave of offers, but Colerain H.S. coach Tom Bolden said most schools were waiting to see Sims' senior film. A wide receiver/tight end earlier in his high school career, Sims made the switch to outside linebacker as a senior and college coaches wanted to see how he adjusted to his new position.

After seeing Sims total 12 tackles for loss, 4 ½ sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles for a Colerain team that went 11-2, coaches have been convinced about Sims' ability to play at the next level. Now, he appears to be a lock to follow in the footsteps of his father and older brother by playing Division I football. Sims' father, Fred, was a running back at Oklahoma from 1981-82, and his older brother Quentin is a redshirt freshman wide receiver at Georgia Tech.

"He's a lights out football player," Bolden said. "He's 6-3 and 215 pounds and he has a frame that could easily put on 25-30 pounds. He has long arms, runs really well, he's athletic and he's great in space. It was a great switch for him."

IU assistant coach Mike Yeager has been recruiting Colerain H.S. hard in recent years, and has been looking to land a player from the Cincinnati high school powerhouse. Bolden tipped off Yeager about Sims' abilities, and the Hoosiers have been after him ever since. The scholarship offer came in late December, and Indiana now appears well positioned to potentially add Sims to its 2009 class.

"Indiana is No. 1 on my list, then after that it would probably be Kent State and then probably Marshall," Sims said. "I've been talking to Indiana since my junior year, back when I was a wide receiver/tight end type of player. I really liked it there, and I like the coaches."

Sims has been to Bloomington for IU's Junior Day as well as for summer football camp, and he'll be returning next weekend for his official visit. After his Jan. 16 trip to Bloomington, he's also scheduled to visit Marshall Jan. 23.

"I really like Indiana," Sims said. "I like their facilities and what they have to offer. I'm going to major in business finance, and they are one of the top 10 in the country in that. They've also got new facilities coming, and they're talking about how they're going to be a lot better in the future."


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