Recruiting heating up for top in-state junior

Calhoun County (Saint Matthews, SC) junior David Sims has already picked up multiple scholarship offers from programs around the southeast, and the versatile athlete projects as one of the top overall prospects in South Carolina's Class of 2009. How is the recruiting process going thus far for Sims, and where do the Gamecocks stand early on with the elite in-state target? Read inside to find out.

The 6'0", 208 pound Sims played a variety of positions for Calhoun County last year, including quarterback, safety and cornerback. Sims totaled 1900 yards and 22 touchdowns through the air and rushed for another 890 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. On defense he recorded 30 tackles and 7 interceptions, two of which he returned for scores. The amazing thing is that Sims only played in the first half of five games last season because Calhoun County was blowing the opposition out at the break.

It's no wonder that schools like South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forest have all taken notice of Sims and have extended offers his way. Notre Dame is also showing strong interest in the talented Palmetto State prospect and could be close to offering.

According to Sims, all of the early attention has been flattering, but he's simply taking everything in and trying not to get overwhelmed with the recruiting process.

To help him learn more about the schools that are pursuing him, Sims has already taken a few unofficial visit and plans to take several more in the coming months. One of those trips came two weekends ago as Sims made the short drive to Columbia for South Carolina's annual junior day event.

"It was good. I had a good time," said Sims. "I got to meet all of the coaches and some of the players. They talked to me about some of their schemes and what they're looking forward to doing this year. They're recruiting me as a DB and told me how I could fit into their plans."

South Carolina was the first school to offer Sims, and he is already very familiar with USC after attending several Gamecock home games last season.

"South Carolina is a program on the rise. They're still putting the pieces together, and I think they should be better this year than they were last year. I'm really familiar with USC already."

With new offers coming in each and every week, Sims is not ready to name any favorites at this point, but he does have a general idea of when he'd like to make a decision on his college choice.

"I don't have any favorites right now," he said. "I'm still learning about everything. I'll probably wait to commit until after I take a couple official visits (in the fall)."

Sims, who is being recruited by Coach Shane Beamer for the Gamecocks, will look for a few key factors when the time comes to decide on his college choice.

"I want the chance to play real early. Of course education is real important. I'll look at how the program is doing and what they're doing to make the program better."

While Sims is certainly one of the top prospects to watch in South Carolina's Class of 2009, he isn't the only elite player coming out of Calhoun County next year. Sims friend and teammate Alshoun Jeffery projects as one of the top five players in the state next season and has offers from several of the same schools as Sims. That begs the question: Are the two considering playing their college ball together?

"Man, we're good friends. I've known Alshoun since he was in like first or second grade. Most of the offers we get, we get from the same schools. I haven't had a chance to talk to him recently about what he's looking for or where he might go though."

Sims, who could graduate early but is leaning towards staying for his full senior year, closed by describing what type of player he is on the gridiron.

"I'm explosive. At any given time I can make a play. I'm very smart on the defensive side of the ball. Playing quarterback gives you insight into what the other quarterback is thinking and what he's going to do. This year I'm trying to work on some of my techniques and stuff. I should be a better player on defense this year."

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