Spartans Intensifying Efforts To Land Sims

The recruitment of Dion Sims is going into overdrive as the Michigan State Spartans are putting on the full court press, trying to get a verbal commitment from one of the top uncommitted players in the state.

YPSILANTI, MI - The recruitment of Dion Sims is going into overdrive as the Michigan State Spartans are putting on the full court press, trying to get a verbal commitment from one of the top uncommitted players in the state.

Sims, who projects to the pivotal, defensive end/rush linebacker position is also among the state's top basketball prospects. His stock appears to be on the rise after he scored 33 points in the Eaglets season opening win over Berkley.

Michigan State running backs coach and ace recruiter Dan Enos, a former quarterback at MSU, was there at Orchard Lake St. Mary's high school to watch as Sims went on his scoring spree.

Suitably impressed, Enos and MSU head coach Mark Dantonio have arranged to visit with Sims, his coaching staff and his parents at his high school next Monday.

There is no question that MSU, who just added situational pass rushing linebacker Corey Freeman, are looking to add a player who could be an every down player at either the linebacker or defensive end position.

Sims versatility would be a welcome addition to the Michigan State basketball team as well. MSU coach Tom Izzo likes rugged, intense defensive minded players and Sims, reminds some of former Spartans great Antonio Smith.

The rub in all of this appears to be Sims determination to win a major basketball scholarship. He has admitted that basketball is his first love, but his stock is much higher as a football player.

Scout.com's Sam Webb of GoBlueWolverine.com, speaking on the "Michigan Insider" radio show on Sportstalk 1050 WTKA (Ann Arbor) said that Sims' father told him his son was "attempting to regain the interest" of the University of Michigan.

Whether that is a basketball prospect or a football prospect is unclear, but it appears that MSU will have to convince Sims that he'll get a shot on the hardwood from Izzo as well on the gridiron in order to coax a verbal from a player who clearly is at the top of their hot list. How do you feel about the Spartans chances of landing Sims and what do you think of him as a prospect. Get in on the discussion by clicking HERE to go into the Spartans Insight recruiting board.


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