Darrius Sims talks Vanderbilt

The Vanderbilt coaching staff is determined to make a big splash in the Memphis area this recruiting season. They have already offered Darrius Sims, Gerald Perry, and Mark Dodson Jr. at Whitehaven High School. Sims, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback is high on the Commodores after a Junior Day visit, but has five other offers to consider.

"It was a good experience for me," Darrius Sims said on visiting Vanderbilt. "I had a chance to see what the campus is like and get to know the coaches.

"Coach Franklin is a real good person. He was explaining to me what they're trying to get accomplished. I like the fact he's new and is building the program up.

"I could see myself coming in and helping out right away. My Mom is a Vanderbilt graduate, so she would love for me to attend college there."

Sims was named overall MVP by his team, the 2011 6A state runner-up to Maryville, and was selected First Team All-State (Class 6A) by the TSWA.

"I feel like I improved in off-man coverage and zone coverage since my 10th grade year," said Sims. "My goal for next year is to get more exposure to get some looks from other colleges. We're going to have a good team. We have eight guys on the team in my class with Division 1 offers. Our main goal is to get back to state and get a championship this time around."

Both of Sims' parents are teachers. The school's academic reputation, he says, will likely play a big part in his decision. Sims isn't satisfied with six offers, however, and plans on going to camps and combines for more recognition.

"I was hoping to decide by summer [on college]," Sims stated. "Right now I'm still weighing my options. My offers are from Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Memphis, Arkansas State, and Clemson. I'm hearing some from Nebraska and a little from Syracuse.

"I'm looking for a college to get a quality education. With both of my parents being teachers, education is stressed heavily in my family. I'd like to be a in a place with a good community around the college. It doesn't matter to me what kind of defense the team runs, I can adapt. I just want to play."

Later this month Sims will attend a football camp in Alabama. He's stayed busy in the off-season by playing the two guard for the Whitehaven Tigers basketball team and is also running track.

Sims is recruited to Vanderbilt by wide receivers coach, Josh Gattis.

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