Darrius Sims talks Vanderbilt decision
"I committed [to Vanderbilt] yesterday," said Darrius Sims. "It was on Father's Day in Coach Franklin's office. After camp, Coach Franklin said he was impressed with me and asked to speak with me and my Godparents. We sat down with him, and he gave me a good understanding of the program.
"I've been feeling like I wanted to commit for awhile, but my Godparents wanted me to wait it out to weigh any more offers. After our talk, I felt I was ready [to commit]. It gave me the perfect chance to tell him in person."
Vanderbilt was one of eight schools to have offered Sims, although he said he was receiving strong interest from Tennessee. The other schools are Ole Miss, Arkansas State, Memphis, Mississippi State, Western Kentucky, Marshall, and Cincinnati.
"Vanderbilt has a great coaching staff," Sims said. "I have a great bond with my recruiter, Josh Gattis. We talk on a daily basis. I got a chance at camp to work with Coach Barlow and go over film. He showed what it's like to play cornerback at Vanderbilt. I was talking with him a lot at the barbecue, and I'm developing a good bond with him too.
"The other thing that sold me on Vanderbilt is the quality of the other recruits they've been bringing in. I met a couple of them at the camp like (Nigel) Bowden, the linebacker. We're going to have the best shot in a long time to win the SEC when we all get there with all that talent coming in."
This is the second commitment Vanderbilt has from Whitehaven. Gerald Perry, a wide receiver, committed to the program in mid-May. Although they missed having three with heralded running back Mark Dodson Jr., choosing Ole Miss, the Commodore staff is excited to have this athletic pair from Memphis.
"At camp they said they liked my physical play at corner," Sims said. "They liked my get off, my movement in my hips and feet, and said I was a ball hawk. They also liked my competitiveness."
Sims was selected to compete in the Team USA event in Austin, Texas. He'll compete 11-on-11 in full pads against national and international competition. He'll be in the Lone Star State from June 22nd to July 8th. He'll return to try to accomplish his lone senior goal, "winning a state championship."
His team, the Tigers, finished a game short last season falling to Maryville in the Tennessee 6A state final. Follow @VandyManiacom
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