January 14, 2008

Sims back from second official visit

More than a month after taking his first official visit to San Diego State, David Sims got a chance to take his second trip. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound safety from Oroville (Calif.) Butte College was at Washington State this weekend.

"I just got back from my trip to Pullman," he explained. "It was real cool. Washington State is kind of like Butte College. It is real small, everybody knows everybody. It's a nice college town."

Linebacker Kendrick Dunn, who also attended Butte College, served as Sims' player host.

"They have a new coaching staff that is real dedicated to improving the program," he continued. "They are real cool. I sat down and talked with their new head coach, Coach Paul Wulff, the first night I was there and he offered me a full ride to go there."

How did Sims' visit to Washington State compare to his earlier trip to San Diego State?

"At San Diego State, everything is real spread out," he said. "Their stadium is off campus. I liked how at Washington State everything - the dorms, the apartments, the facilities, the coaches' office - is real close together. And at Washington State the players were real cool and real straight forward."

Although Sims enjoyed his trip to Pullman, he is not ready to make a decision yet.

"Next week I am going to Oklahoma," he said. "They just started talking to me. And West Virginia just started talking to me, too. I spoke to them on Thursday and my coach thinks they are going to offer me. I can't say I have a favorite or anything yet because I haven't seen all the colleges that are talking to me right now."

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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