December 23, 2007

Sims starting to set up January visits

David Sims took his first official visit to San Diego State back on December 7th .The 5-foot-11, 200-pound safety prospect from Oroville (Calif.) Butte College came away from that trip with a positive impression of the Aztecs.

"I still talk to them almost every day," Sims said in regards to San Diego State. "I really like the location of the college, where it's at right there on the beach. They stress academics, too, which I like. And I liked all their facilities, they looked new.

"Like I said, San Diego State is still very interested in me but I am keeping my options open. I am going to wait it out and check out some other schools to see which option I like best."

Sims has scheduled an official visit with Washington State for the weekend of January 11th.

"I was supposed to visit Kansas State on January 18th but I haven't talked to them in a couple weeks so I think I am going to visit Ole Miss that weekend instead," he added. "I am also supposed to visit San Jose State on the 25th. But I'm not sure right now if I am going to take that trip."

What are Sims' impressions of the Cougars? "Coach [Jody] Sears recently came to my school from Washington State's staff but I don't know much about them yet," he said. "They want me to come check them out so I am going to do that on the 11th. I went online and checked them out a little bit but, like I said, I don't really know all that much about them at this point in time. But we'll see."

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.

After playing running back at Butte Community College as a freshman, Sims switched over to defense to play safety this season. He recently earned Junior College All-American honors. Sims recorded 72 tackles, three interceptions, six pass break ups and five fumble recoveries. He also returned a fumble 99 yards for a touchdown, returned a blocked field-goal 98 yards for two points, returned a missed field-goal 106 yards for a score and returned a kick 86 yards for a touchdown.

"Speed is definitely my best attribute as a football player, I'm faster than most guys out there," 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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