If Notre Dame can continue to recruit the Southeast as well as they have the past several years, their fortunes on the football field will certainly change for the better. Junior David Sims (6-foot-0, 205 pounds) is the type of athlete the Irish need to continue to bring in and he's going to give the Irish a look.
"I've gotten a couple letters from them and I've been invited to a couple of their games," Sims responded when asked if Notre Dame had been recruiting him. "I was actually invited up for the USC game, but it was our homecoming so I decided to stay home. I'm thinking about coming up for the Duke game.
"[Notre Dame] has a lot of tradition. They have a good program even though they're struggling right now. You have to consider that they have a lot of young players, and in a couple years they'll come around."
South Bend (Ind.) is a long way from South Carolina, but Sims is going to consider all of his alternatives when it comes time to make his college decision.
"I thought about the distance, but when it comes to playing football, it doesn't matter where I go," Sims explained. "I'm being recruited by Notre Dame, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisville and Oregon. I don't even know how Oregon found out about me though."
More schools are inquiring about the Sims, and the scholarship offers will start to flow. Although David plays quarterback at Calhoun County, he'll likely find himself at another position at the next level.
"I started to play football when I was 11 or 12," Sims said. "Back then, I played receiver and safety. When I got to Calhoun County, it took me a little time to work my way into the lineup. When I was a freshman, I did start one game at quarterback and I did pretty good. I went 11-15 passing for about 180 yards and three touchdowns. I also ran for about 60 yards that game.
"I played quarterback my sophomore year. It was my first time being a full-time starter. I had my ups and downs, but overall I did pretty good for being a first-time starter. This year I played quarterback. I'd prefer to play running back or receiver though. I'd probably rather play running back, because I feel more comfortable there and I like running the ball more than throwing it.
"I played cornerback on defense, because we had a couple people down," he explained. "When they put me in, I had three picks in one game and I took one to the house. I'm comfortable playing the defensive side of the ball. I prefer safety on defense, because you have everything in front of you. Playing quarterback helps you can kind of figure out what the other quarterback is thinking, so you can react quicker than guys that just play defense.
"I think Tennessee and South Carolina are recruiting me to play safety. I've thought about what position I'd play in college. I prefer to play offense, but if I have a better chance of getting playing time on defense, or if my team needs me, it doesn't matter where I play."
Sims is definitely a playmaker when he has the ball in his hands. On offense, he had 1,700 passing yards and 19 touchdowns. He rushed for 820 yards and 13 touchdowns.
"When I get the ball in my hands, I feel like nobody can stop me," Sims explained. "I feel like no matter what I do, or how I do it, that I'm going to score. I'm a little bit of a slasher and I have a little bit of power. I'm probably a combination of both. I have good vision. I see things that are going to happen, before they happen, so I can plan on what cut I need to make."
On defense, Sims had 35 tackles four forced fumbles, four interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.
"My defensive stats would have been better, but I didn't start on defense until the middle of the season," he said. "I always want to be out there. If I'm not on the field and something happens, I think always feel that I could have prevented it."