Gainesville, Georgia prospect Blake Sims is a very talented and versatile football player. On offense he is a standout quarterback and on defense he shines at safety. So talented is he on both sides of the ball that colleges are courting him at both positions. That said, he will let you know right away that he has a preference.
"I like the quarterback position best," Sims said emphatically. "That is the position I would most like to play in college."
While Sims is very secure in play calling abilities, he knows some of his suitors believe he projects better elsewhere.
"There are some schools that don't think I can play the quarterback position but I know I can," Sims said confidently.
When all said and done, this versatile youngster just wants to have the opportunity to get on the field. If that means not playing quarterback, so be it.
"If I see that safety will get me on the field faster than quarterback will, it is what it is," he said. "I just want to play right away."
At the moment Sims holds offers from West Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida State, Florida International Troy, and Michigan. As one of the programs offering Sims the chance to earn playing time as a signal caller, Michigan is one of the early standouts on his list. The other positive aspects of the Maize & Blue only serve to strengthen its standing in Sims' eyes.
"Michigan has tradition, and I like that," he said. "Also, they have very good academics and I really like the offense they run. I was very surprised that they offered, but I was really happy."
Sims' teammate, WR Tai'ler Jones, also has a Michigan offer. That too something the dual threat star looks upon favorably since the two of them talk often about a common plan for the future.
"Tai'ler and I are trying to go to the same college," Sims reported. "We wouldn't mind coming to Michigan as long as we could play right away."
As promising as that sounds for the Wolverines, this recruiting isn't close to being decided. One obvious reason is Sims' limited knowledge of Michigan. That, though, is something he hopes to rectify in the not too distant future.
"I am trying to get up (to Michigan) this summer for the football camp or even come to a spring practice," he said.
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Sims in the coming weeks.