The Irish Inquire About Sims

The Notre Dame coaching staff asked Calhoun County High head coach Walt Wilson to fax over a copy of David Sims' transcripts, so they could make sure the standout class of 2009 athlete from Saint Matthew, S.C. is taking the right courses.

"I'm still waiting to hear back from them," Wilson said.

So is David Sims.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Sims has already been offered by South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Kentucky. He'd love to add one from Notre Dame to the list.

"Oh man, just the tradition of the program, back to, way back," Sims said. He has a 3.0 GPA, and has already scored a 20 on the ACT. "Just because they had a bad year last year, you have to take into account they're a pretty young team."

While Notre Dame struggled this past fall, Sims did not. In helping lead Calhoun County to a 9-2 record, Sims threw for 1,492 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also ran for 912 yards and 11 more scores. On defense, he had five interceptions, and with his 4.5 speed, took three to the end zone.

"He's just a kid that always does the right thing, and good things happens," Wilson said. "We run an Appalachian-type offense. With that zone option read on the backside, I've seen David kill teams because he pulls it, and he is strong enough to run over people as well as run by people.

"He is a true lock down corner," Wilson added. "That's hard to believe, but a kid that gives you that much on the offensive side and then comes to the defensive side and you don't have to worry about that side at all.

"Another good thing about David, he is qualified now."

Wilson said that a few programs even envision Sims as a running back.

"Most of the schools that have offered me, have offered me as a defensive back or safety," Sims said. "Personally I would play offense, but if I have the chance to actually get on the field on defense, I'll play defense."

Sims attended games this past season at Tennessee, South Carolina, and Kentucky. He wanted to attend the Notre Dame-USC game, but decided to stay in town for a school activity instead.

"I was looking forward to that, but I wasn't able to go," Sims said.

Sims also won't be able to attend Notre Dame's junior day on Feb. 24, but hopes to see the campus this spring or summer. He did attend South Carolina's recent junior day.

"I got to talk to the recruiting coordinator and the admission coaches, and I got to talk to Steve Spurrier one-on-one," Sims explained. "He actually requested me and the recruiting coordinator took me up to his office and we came down to the weight room and we talked for a little bit."

Sims' cousin DeAngelo Willingham started at cornerback for Tennessee this past season.

"Most people think of us as a package deal down here, but as he told me, we're real close, and he said I don't have to come to Tennessee just because he went there.

"I'm just looking for the atmosphere, school atmosphere. How they treat their athletes. Of course education, and the chance to play around my sophomore or junior year."

Sims has already talked it over with his mother, and distance won't be an issue when deciding on a school.

"She said wherever your heart desires, that's where you need to go," Sims said.

Perhaps Notre Dame will be an option.


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