Sooners Getting 'Playmaker' in Safety Sims

With the exodus of starters in the Oklahoma secondary, the Sooner coaching staff has the task of trying to fill those voids. One such player could be David Sims, who committed after visiting last weekend. Sooners Illustrated talked to Sims' JUCO coach to find out what kind of player Oklahoma is getting.

Allen Patrick started his collegiate career as a running back, came to Oklahoma to play in the secondary and eventually wound up once again carrying the ball, something he'll probably earn and NFL paycheck doing.

David Sims could hope for the same career path, only somewhat reversed.

Sims committed to Oklahoma last Sunday after making an official visit to the Norman campus.

Sims (5-11, 205) is expected to help shore up an Oklahoma secondary that has lost the likes of D.J. Wolfe and Reggie Smith.

He comes to Oklahoma from Butte College in Oroville, Calif.

And he's a player who is familiar with Patrick's plight as a college player.

Sims was recruited to Butte as a free safety, said head coach Jeff Jordan.

But when he got there, "he was more talented at running back than anyone we had," Jordan said.

So Sims spent his freshman season on offense, even playing through a fracture in his leg.

By the time his sophomore season rolled around, the depth chart had changed up quite a bit.

"We had a bunch of talented running backs coming in and we needed help in the secondary," Jordan said. "David just wanted to play football. He wanted to be on the field as much as possible and he knew going back to safety was the way to do it."

Turns out it was a good move, or as Jordan put it, "a blessing in disguise."

Sims racked up 73 tackles, three interceptions, six pass break-ups and four fumble recoveries, one of which he returned 99 yards for a toucdhown.

That's not all. With blazing speed at his disposal, Sims had an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 98-yard blocked field goal returned for a touchdown and a 106-yard missed field goal return for a touchdown.

Sims earned all-conference and All-American honors for his efforts.

"He made a lot of big plays for us," Jordan said. "He was more aggressive at safety than at running back and made a lot of things happen."

"He's just a big-time playmaker."

But Sims isn't just a "big play" guy, Jordan said.

"He's a great open-field tackler and I think the Oklahoma coaches saw that when they watched his film," he said. "That's something they really liked."

They no doubt like his speed as well.

Sims was clocked at 4.38 in the 40 at a junior college football combine last spring.

Though he committed Sims is still taking a visit this weekend to West Virginia. Other offers he considered came from Ole Miss, San Diego State and Washington State.

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