Jones County Junior College linebacker Archie Sims has committed to West Virginia. BlueGoldNews.com spoke with the Mississippi native about his recent commit, and his reasons for choosing the Mountaineers.
Sims, a 6-0, 215-pounder who runs a 4.53, originally liked West Virginia
out of West Jones High in Laurel, Miss. But Morgantown, in his view, was too far to go. Now, with another official visit and two years of J.C. action, Sims has changed his mind and decided that the fit is there to finish his two seasons of eligibility.
"Eeverything was really nice up there," Sims said. "I like it all. I (visited with) coach (Jeff) Casteel. I originally wanted to come up there, but the distance was the problem. That doesn't bother me now."
The other finalists were Nicholls State and Central Arkansas. Sims showcased solid range and the ability to run to the football while at Jones County. Sims committed to Mississippi State twice (out of high school and in Feb. of 2006), but the coaching staff recently told him that there was no longer room on the Bulldog roster. That led him back to West Virginia.
"I'm going to West Virginia, and that's my decision," he said. "I am looking to compete for playing time immediately."
Sims is the third listed linebacker to commit in the class, along with Will Johnson and Vince Harris. Westy Virginia could move some of its five-man safety crop to the slots as well.