Sims Says Yes To WVU

After weighing a choice between transferring for a final year of college or entering the NFL Supplemental Draft, running back Charles Sims told Fox Sports 26 that he will attend West Virginia this fall.

Sims, who also considered UCLA and California after being blocked from moving toany Texas school, told the Houston-based station that he was familiar with Dana Holgorsen's offensive scheme, which weighed heavily in his decision.

Holgorsen was on Houston's staff when Sims was recruited by the Cougars.

Sims is a multi-purpose back who has the potential to fit well in the WVU scheme. He is proficient at catching the ball out of the backfield, and when combined with his slashing running ability, is a threat that must be accounted for in both the running and passing games.

Some observers have questioned Sims' ability to handle a heavy workload of carries, especially afer a 2012 season in which he missed three complete games and major chunks of three others with injuries. Still, he totaled 202 touches during his freshman season and 162 during his sophomore campaign, and was headed for even greater numbers when injuries slowed his junior season.

Depending on his ability to get in sync with West Virginia's quarterbacks, he could carve a spot for himself in a backfield that is loaded with solid players. Returnees Dustin Garrison and Andrew Buie, along with junior college pickup Dreamius Smith, should provide a variety of styles to help the Mountaineers rebuild their offense after the loss of Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.

One of Sims' most impressive statistics is his average per attempt. Over his three years at Houston, he averaged 6.2 yards per carry and 10.8 yards per catch. That totals to a 7.5 yards per touch mark -- an attention-getting number that should have the WVU offensive coaching staff looking for ways to get the ball into his hands.

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