The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Sims, who is being recruited by most schools as an athlete, saw the success of that 11-2 season and began following Rutgers.
Now, as he wrapped up his season at Ventura College, a junior college about 60 miles north of Los Angeles, the Scarlet Knights are paying attention to him.
Sims is being recruited by Rutgers as an athlete, which an eye on playing either safety or cornerback.
"Rutgers would be a school I would go to, so I can keep them in the top three," Sims said. "I've been watching them for a long time, good football time, and they have a good program. I would go on their web site and check them out. "They have been calling my coach a lot."
Sims played quarterback for the Pirates, and completed 165 of 299 passes for 1,946 yards ,13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also ran for 1,-14 yards and15 scores.
It is his athleticism and experience four-year programs crave, and in the next week he hopes to compose a list of schools to visit.
"I'm just really breaking them down one-by-one right now," Sims said. "Mostly I want to lean to the defensive side of the ball. Cornerback and safety is what I played in high school, and I would like to play that in the future."
Before playing at Ventura, Sims prepped at Americus (Ga.) Sumtner High. He said he had verbal offers from South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Middle Tennessee State, but he went to junior college out of high school.
Sims has three years to play two at a four-year, and location isn't a factor.
"I love (southern California)," he said. "After I graduate, my plans are to travel to the world. I get the experience to do some of that now."
And that could include a stop in Central Jersey, a possible official visit to Rutgers in mid-December.