Sims finds a home at safety

It rarely happens that a talented running back switches after the first game of the season to the defensive side of the ball, but that's exactly what Butte FS David Sims (5-11, 205) did. was able to speak with him recently and he updates us on recruiting and how the move has worked to benefit the team as well as himself.

"It's been pretty fun so far this year," Sims told recently. "I got injured in camp and lost my starting spot, but then I came back and was healthy again. In our first game our coaches were rotating four backs and all of us were good, but I wasn't comfortable with things because I'm a sophomore and I needed to get my touches because I'm trying to get a scholarship to a D-1.

"So I met with our head coach and told him I'd like to move if it was possible because they recruited me to play safety before I got here and he said it was fine with him as long as I chatted with the DB coach. He was happy I wanted to and I've been starting every since."

Six games after the switch, Sims has totaled over 60 tackles and has one interception as well as a 104-yard return for a touchdown on a missed field goal as well as a 96-yard return off of a blocked kick.

"When I get in the open field, I don't feel anyone can catch me," Sims said. "I'm still getting comfortable back there, but it's fun and I'm just going out and hitting people which is, I believe, how you play the game."

On the recruiting front, Sims is hearing from only one school right now, but that school has intimated they are close to offering him.

"They call me every week and they said they are really interested," Sims said. "I know some other schools have called about my transcripts and tape, but my coaches said they would let me know when things get more serious with them.

"Right now Kansas State is the school recruiting me the hardest and they're the ones I'm focusing on at this point and time. Portland State also called this past week, so they're another school that's interested."

Check back soon for more on Sims in the coming weeks.

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