DETROIT - Rumors were flying that Orchard Lake St. Mary's star Dion Sims had committed, albeit silently, to Michigan State. But the Sims family was anxious to set the record straight and called GSN to let us know the situation.
While Sims is indeed interested in Michigan State, he hasn't silently committed to anyone.
"He hasn't committed to anyone," said Don Sims, Dion's father. Sims said his family got a little chuckle out of the rumors that said Dion had committed, but then when they became persistent, they felt they needed to straighten out matters. "My wife sent me an email with a story and asked 'hey, what's going on with this,'" laughed Sims.
In fact, Dion is in the process of setting up his official visits and won't commit anywhere until after he's made those visits.
"He won't do that, that's not going to happen until he actually gets out to see some other places. He wants to see UCLA and Tennessee for sure and the University of Miami, he hasn't had a chancee to get down there. He was trying to get down there early in the spring but that fell through.
He has to wait until September to take his official visits anyway, that's when school starts so those are going to be the ones - of the five officials (visits) that will be three. Then he'll go see Ohio State. He'll do Michigan and Michigan State but those are right here, so we don't need the schools to pay for him to come there."
The summer might have hit Sims with a dose of reality.
He really hoped to garner several high level basketball offers, but he wasn't as impressive as he'd hoped he be on the hardwoods.
Sims is also lifelong friends with Oak Park star and MSU commit Edwin Baker dating back to when the two played pee-wee football together with the West Side Cubs.
Once Baker committed to MSU, the dominos began to fall into place. Many felt that Sims would quickly join Baker, but with scholarships dwindling at MSU, will that even be a possibility?
"The dilemma he's faced with right now," said the elder Sims, "is that he really wants to do the basketball thing, but this summer the circuit he's on, but Izzo and coach Stephens were down in Florida watching him and Appling and some other kids, but the reports I got was that (Dion) didn't show too well," admitted the elder Sims.
"He's really holding out for basketball, that's what he loves to do, but with those scholarships dwindling down at Michigan State and at Ohio State, he might have to take a football scholarship and be a perferred walk-on in basketball," he said.
Sims admitted that the summer which his son devoted to basketball, didn't turn out as well as they had hoped.
"He played well sometimes and sometimes he didn't. He didn't stand out. He went to the NBA Camp, the top 150 and he was hoping that would push him to the next level but it really didn't."
Despite his love of the roundball, Sims future certainly seems to be on the football field. His dad believes that this senior year will play a pivotal role in helping him define his future and have him solidify his position as one of the top players in the State.
Sims said he and his son are both embracing the thought of him moving to defensive end and believe that could even be a ticket to the NFL.
"That is some serious talk," said Sims. "He's got a really strong upside there. We have some relatives around the professional arena and even some of the scouts from other schools say he has a real shot at playing right away at defensive end and extending his career even to the next level."
For the immediate future, Sims will be heading to Tennessee on November 9th and UCLA on Nov 15th. Then he'll make arrangements to head to Ohio State and Miami in the future. He has already visited Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State unofficially on numerous occasions.
While having Sims as an MSU commit would greatly enhance an already stellar class - and at a position of need at defensive end, it seems MSU and all the other schools pursuing Sims will have to wait at least until December before the talented defensive end prospect makes the call.
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