December 10, 2007

JC safety high on SDSU after official visit?

David Sims was supposed to visit Ole Miss, the first program to offer him a scholarship, two weeks ago. But the coaching change threw a wrench in those plans.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound safety from Butte Community College instead took his first official visit out to San Diego State this past weekend.

How did the trip go?

"It was cool, I liked it," said Sims. "It is real nice down there, but unfortunately it was raining on my visit. I didn't know what to expect, but I thought it was cool. They have good facilities, a nice campus, everything was cool. And all the players were cool that I met, too."

Junior linebacker Russell Allen served as his player host for the weekend.

Sims has tentatively planned an official visit with Kansas State for the weekend of January 18th.

"By then I should know whether they are going to offer me or not," he said in regards to the Wildcats. "They are only going to bring in one free safety this year and they already have a high school commitment at that position. But the coach I am talking to is the defensive backs coach and he said he really likes me. He is talking about moving the high school commitment to cornerback and offering and bringing me in as a free safety. He said he would let me know what is going down with that in January."

Cal, San Jose State, Nevada and Montana are other programs that have shown interest in Sims.

"My top three right now is Ole Miss, Kansas State and San Diego State," he expressed. "Right now my favorite is San Diego State because they have shown the most interest in me. Before it was Ole Miss that was showing the most interest. But since the coaching change they haven't really talked to me much. So I don't know what the deal is with them.

"But San Diego State is great because they told me they are anxious for me to decide. They said I could come in right away and play, be a star player and be a starter for them."

Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Sims tore his ACL as a senior in high school. That injury and his academic standing kept him from signing on with a Division-1 program out of high school.

Sims played running back at Butte Community College in 2006 as a freshman and then he switched over to safety this season as a sophomore. He recently earned first-team all-conference honors after recording 72 tackles, three interceptions, six pass break ups and five fumble recoveries. Sims also returned a fumble 99 yards for a touchdown, a blocked field-goal 98 yards for two points, a missed field-goal 106 yards for a touchdown and a kick return 86 yards for a score this fall.

"Speed is definitely my best attribute as a football player," Sims said. "Before I get to the D-1 level I want to improve on my ability to cover. I was kind of rusty with it this year because I hadn't played defensive back since my senior year of high school. So I have to get better with my ball awareness and get my hips right to cover bigger, faster receivers."

Sims is on pace to graduate from Butte Community College in May with three to play two.

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