Sims Visits Miami

Few players can dominate from both sides of the ball like Marcus Sims. The Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian standout has been tearing up opponents all season.

In five games this season, Sims has rushed for 680 yards and seven scores on offense. Defensively, he has 42 total tackles. The question many people have is what side of the ball he'll play on in college.

"Right now, I prefer running back," Sims said. "That could change. I like to carry the ball. I'm pretty physical. I like to run over people. I have pretty good vision."

While Sims, a full academic qualifier, is clearly one of the state's top running back prospects, the same could be said about his status on the defensive side of the ball.

"I think I can read pretty well," he said. "I run from sideline to sideline and I'm just a predator out there. I'm not afraid to mix it up."

At 6-feet and 215 pounds, Sims has been playing football since he was 7 years old. Ten years later, he's emerged as one of the state's top prospects. With written scholarship offers from a who's who of the nation's top programs, Sims is focused on seven right now -- Florida State, Miami, Southern Cal, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, and Auburn. He took an unofficial visit to Miami this past weekend.

"I went to the Colorado/Miami game," he said. "I got a chance to talk to Coach Soldinger and Coach Hargreaves and Coach Coker. I liked the atmosphere. It's a great place. Miami's a great school. It's a great opportunity for me at running back. I can get a little bit of playing time as a freshman."

Marcus Sims, who was at the FSU/Miami game earlier this season, plans on taking unofficial visits later this season to several other places.

"I know I'll visit Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, and Auburn," he said. "USC's in there too."

While Sims has not yet scheduled any official visits, he'll likely visit five of those seven. He's not ready to single out a favorite just yet but does know what he's looking for.

"I'm really looking for a place like home," he said. "I want a great head coach that I can relate to. I'm looking for a place with great fans, great facilities. And I wanna go to a place where I can grow spiritually."

Sims, whose father is a pastor and whose brother plays at Florida State, is a lot like C.J. Spiller in that Christianity will play a major role in his final decision.

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