Myles Sims' nickname is “Spider.” During the Nike Opening Regional in Atlanta Sunday the Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake defensive back lived up to that moniker with his play. Anytime the ball was in his vicinity of the long-armed defensive back seemed to get his hands on it. That and his fluidity at 6-3 175-pounds explains why his tally of scholarships now sits at 52. Of those, five have now risen to the top.
“Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Clemson and LSU," Sims said regarding his list of favorites.
Michigan is clearly the outlier in the group as the lone Northern school, but there is also another distinction that sets the Maize & Blue apart.
"I used to live out there,” said Sims of the Great Lakes State. “I moved out here (to Georgia) in 2005 or 2006, like when I was in first grade. I was young."
Sims’ parents worked at General Motors in Detroit for over a decade and it was during that time that Myles was born. They moved away before he could get familiar with the Wolverines, so when he visited Michigan few weeks back he was really getting acquainted with the program for the first time.
He was blown away.
"It was spectacular,” said Sims. “That was the best visit I've been on. Coach Harbaugh is a player's coach and he connected well with me. I got to see the whole campus, academics… all that."
“The interest that really stuck on me (because) I sat down and did my research. They have the No. 1 business school in America. And also Coach Harbaugh, he's a top coach in the whole entire conference."
Visits to the other campuses in his top five were also impressive, but his Michigan experience stood out because it covered more than tours of facilities and other campus amenities. While in Ann Arbor he was also introduced to the opportunities available to members of the football team the exist far beyond the city, state, or even country’s borders.
"They haved the whole month of May off for their players to get internships, so it goes further than football because when football is over with it's easy to get a job,” said Sims. “Once a year they ship their players off to Greece, Spain, Germany and abroad. I like that."
Sims stopped short of saying he likes Michigan enough to name it his definitive leader. The other schools on his list have attributes that stand out too.
"Florida is Florida,” he said. “They have some rebuilding to do and I feel like I would look good in that defense and be part of the rebuilding."
"Same (with LSU). They see me as a long corner, see me in the defense scheme and would play me well."
Ditto for Georgia and Clemson.
All those considerations make for a well-informed deliberation process. Because he has already seen what each program has had to offer, he is already comparing his options and consulting with his parents, his brother, and his coach. He plans to announce the victor in the very near future.
"Probably around sometime in April,” he said. “Next month."
"I'm not sure yet (how it will be announced). I'm thinking about doing a commitment video."
For even more insight on Sims’ Michigan visit and pending announcement, check out Brice Marich’s blog here.