Alabama’s Nick Saban offers Gainesville QB Blake Sims

Gainesville QB Blake Sims says his top three choices are Michigan, West Virginia and UGA (AJC)

Alabama has offered Blake Sims, one of the state’s top quarterbacks.

[PHOTOS: See Blake Sims, Tai-ler Jones and the rest of Gainesville's "Big Four" recruits]

How excited was Sims about the offer? “My family is trying to work out plans where we can go to Alabama on Saturday to meet with [Nick Saban] in person,” Sims said. “It feels great that they wants me. Alabama is a great school, it’s close to home, and they almost made it to the national championship game last year.”

The electrifying Sims has around a dozen offers, including UGA, Michigan, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, and Florida State. Other schools that may be close to offers are South Carolina, Oregon, Central Florida and Auburn.

All the schools except for Georgia have offered Sims strictly at quarterback.

“Georgia said they like me first at quarterback, but they also like me as an ‘athlete,’” Sims said. “It’s cool. Georgia would be the only school that I would change my position for, because I like them a lot and they are close to home.”

Sims said his top three choices are West Virginia, Georgia and Michigan. Sims will go to West Virginia on Sunday, and then travel to Michigan for its spring game on April 11. He is planning to reveal his college decision in May.

  • Click here and BOOKMARK the AJC’s Recruiting Coverage.
  • Briefs on the day’s top recruiting stories
  • You just want to read about UGA? Click here to go directly to UGA recruiting stories
  • What about only Georgia Tech recruiting? Click here
  • Do you want to talk about UGA, Georgia Tech or the state’s top prospects with AJC Recruiting Expert Michael Carvell? Click here to go to “Inside College Recruiting” forum
  • Got a recruiting item? Please send an email to mcarvell@ajc.com
  • 36 comments Add your comment

    Bamafan

    April 3rd, 2009
    4:40 am

    Great athlete and would look good in crimson and white!! Good luck in picking your favorite school to play for!! ROLL TIDE!!

    Tide Domination

    April 3rd, 2009
    5:38 am

    Why would any Georgia kid with any brains consider the mutts? That was absolute domination by CNS over the preacher coach last year. A butt spanking for the mutt nation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Buzzed

    April 3rd, 2009
    5:48 am

    Saint Richt is praying ALA-GA never happened, along with 45-42, 45-42, 45-42. That was the more dominating show of power over GA if any of you hicks in Alabama have TVs. Georgia Tech, 2008 state champions HAHAHAHAHA. Save your money by skipping some meals at the Huddle House to be able to afford your cable bill at the trailer park to watch Round 2 this year.

    LSU fan

    April 3rd, 2009
    6:16 am

    Hey Buzzed, 38-3 in the Chicken Bowl and you guys have the nerve to brag about having a team? You disgraced your school, the ACC, and the state of Georgia on national TV. We gave you 3 points out of sympathy but if you ever get to another Bowl game, you better hope it isn’t with LSU. We had no idea GT had such classless fans. Guess a lucky 3 point win over UGA was a thrill of a lifetime for you guys.

    Dawg Strong

    April 3rd, 2009
    6:30 am

    LSU fan. How nice of you to forget about the 52 points we hung on LSU last year. You got lucky we put in our walk-ons after halftime. LSU has THE most classless fans in the college football. GT doesn’t have ANY fans to be classless. They couldn’t sell out your local middle school stadium.

    T-DAWG

    April 3rd, 2009
    7:19 am

    You are right!!! Tide Domination just ask Utah and Florida.

    Blake Sims

    April 3rd, 2009
    7:59 am

    I am QB/ath I will play whatever my school needs me to play.

    bigdawg01

    April 3rd, 2009
    8:04 am

    Tide Domination:
    Do you know what the # 25 stands for in this case? Its Bama’s win % over the last 4 games against UGA. I used to think FL had the worst fans, but Bama beats them all.

    Buzzed: 1 out of 8 is hardly something to freak out over, and by 3 pts….please. Nerds will never learn.

    brewdawg

    April 3rd, 2009
    9:00 am

    The screaming lady has got to go!

    SecIsFootball

    April 3rd, 2009
    9:27 am

    T-Dawg…we dont need to ask them. We can watch the highlights of the ever so intimidating Blackout in Athens last year.

    bigdawg01….you can use the last 4 meetigns all you want but I will pull a UGA fan move here. Whenever I hear UF fans talking about the last 19 years, some UGA fan always brings up the overall series record. Well, who do you think owns that in the UGA-BAMA series? If you dont know, i will give you a hint….BAMA doesnt have a losing record against ANY SEC team! However, all that matters is the now and this past season we OWNED you guys!

    GeoffDawg

    April 3rd, 2009
    9:40 am

    Tide Domination – with all those exclamation points, I’d say you’re a little too turned on by the thought of a “butt spanking”.

    Fletch

    April 3rd, 2009
    11:02 am

    Bacteria domination…I’ll take 3 out of 4 every time.

    SecIsFootball

    April 3rd, 2009
    11:47 am

    fletch…and UF will take 15 of the last 19 as well. I will gladly accept the win BAMA had last year because that is all that really matters right now.

    gtforever

    April 3rd, 2009
    1:11 pm

    somebody needs to take that piece of crap video off the page, It does nothing to enhance this kid’s talent..

    JB

    April 3rd, 2009
    3:06 pm

    Mr Tide fan needs a little history,……. preacher man is 3-1 against Saban in SEC play. Now, go out and get the wash off the line

    Reality Check...

    April 3rd, 2009
    3:41 pm

    Bama and tech fans need a reality check….Did you read the article….The kid loves UGA and that would be the only school he would change postions for. LOL!!!!

    Reality Check...

    April 3rd, 2009
    3:42 pm

    SeclsFootball really needs a reality check…. He is clueless and that is the only thing that matters! LOL!!!

    UGABAN1111

    April 3rd, 2009
    4:20 pm

    WE DONT NEED HIM EVEN THOUGH HES A GREAT ATHLETE.. WE HAVE METTENBERGER AND MURRAY ALREADY SO Y GET ANOTHER QUARTERBACK AND TAKE TIME AWAY FROM THOSE TWO.

    Gwinnett Guy

    April 3rd, 2009
    5:18 pm

    Hey Mr. Sims….Georgia doesn’t want you as a QB….The Saint will lie to your face and make you like it….ask him how many National Championships he’s won, and then ask Coach Saban…..Saban owns Mark Richt, he has the deed to prove it.

    REALITY

    April 3rd, 2009
    6:56 pm

    BLAKE ASK COACH BOBO HOW MANY MEN OF COLOR HAVE BEEN HIS BOY AT QB. NONE. THEY RAN JOE DUPREE OUT OF TOWN ..SAME WITH QUINCY CARTER.. DO YOUR RESEARCH, GOOD LUCK BRO.

    Monticello Dawg

    April 3rd, 2009
    8:45 pm

    Since I started reading these posts, one thing jumps out at me: these anti-UGA fans are scared to death of the Dogs, and would love to see Mark Richt gone. Those who follow football know he has won more games than any other SEC coach over the last 8 years, and is averaging an SEC championship every 4 years, and they realize that if he keeps winning 10+ games annually that national championship will come. Look how long it took Bobby Bowden and Joe Pa to get a NC. Both of those gentlemen kept beating on the door, and finally kicked it in. Our rivals know Richt has a recruiting bonanza in this state, top notch facilities, and support second to none.

    As to Reality’s comments, does he honestly believe Joe Dupree was a better quarterback than Eric Zeier? Quincy Carter did play a lot at Georgia, and I take no pleasure in watching the way his career has unraveled. DJ Shockley would be a good source for Blake to consult if he wants to know about UGA and Coach Bobo.

    Set The Record Straight

    April 3rd, 2009
    10:22 pm

    Richt was brought in because Goff and Donnan couldn’t beat UT, UF, AU and Tech. Since 1991 (the CMR era) UGA is 5-3 vs UT, 2-6 vs UF, 5-3 vs AU and 7-1 vs Tech. Against the Tide, Richt is 3-1 and 3-2 vs LSU. Against Saban coached teams CMR is 2-3. I wouldn’t exactly call that DOMINATION. Saban beat UGA twice in the same year (the NC year at LSU). BAMA beats AU for the first time since a second grader was born and Tech beats UGA for the first time in the same time span and their fans act like they DOMINATE. As I see it, UF is the only one that has any room to be running their mouth but they don’t need to. All they have done is win 2 out of the last 3 National Championships. Remember, actions speak louder than words so all you BAMA and Tech fans go ahead and gloat over ONE FRICKIN’ YEAR. I will give you both your due for 2008……..but that is just ONE year. BAMA you had a great game in Athens this year. It was YOUR night for sure, but my gosh, at least least when UGA had to play an inferior opponent in the Sugar Bowl they DOMINATED them. What is your excuse against the mighty Utes? Oh, I know, it was Andre Smith’s fault, right.

    go tigers

    April 4th, 2009
    1:35 am

    let us see lsu 2 national championships 2003 2007 florida 2006 2008
    alabama one in the last 30 years????????????
    Ga.One in the last 28 years
    live in the past but these 2 teams are the dominate teams!!!!!!!!!
    Nick satan has never had back to back 10 game winning seasons!!!!!
    So let the ala fans live in the past because this year will be a major failure
    As for georgia at least they win a lot of games although never the real big one?????????
    GEAUX TIGERS
    national championship will go thru baton rouge this year again,either fla or lsu will win it all!!!!!!
    lsu number 1 recruting class cbs sports!!!!!!!!! espn!!!!!!!! tom lemming etc
    Alabama great class but only rivals( whose owners are alumni rated them number 1)

    Bamafan

    April 4th, 2009
    4:21 am

    Mitch Cumstein

    April 4th, 2009
    7:57 am

    This guy looks like DJ…if he come to UGA please leave that screaming-ass woman at home!

    Jim Millner, Sr

    April 4th, 2009
    2:45 pm

    To the young man, QB, “athlete” in Gainesville, GA — from a 64 yr old brother from back-in-the-day up to now — GET THE HELL OUT OF THE DEEP SOUTH. Most definitely DO NOT waste your time with UGA or UofAL. Start on the road to a new and better life — go to MICHIGAN. Remember, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots played QB for Michigan and you would have access to him as an advisor and mentor — promise. The deep south schools and the surrounding culture will run through your talent as if it’s their right to do so, use you like a rag, provide you with no academic respect and a second-class if any education with no degree, and spit you out at the end of 4 years with absolutely no prospects for a bright future outside of football — that is if you don’t make it to the pros. I know what I’m talking about. May God bless you, the talent He gave you, your future, and your family.

    Loel

    April 4th, 2009
    5:54 pm

    what a bunch of rotten attitudes. Maybe a Little Preacher man should get in us all.

    brick

    April 4th, 2009
    6:24 pm

    I don’t get the Bama fans here talking trash, you were better than average once in the last 10 years. And to finish out that one good year you embarassed the SEC by losing to a MAC/WAC or whatever alphabet conference Utah is in, thanks alot. Congrats on your win over us last year, but the reality of that is it means about the same as your loss to La-Monroe the year before.

    Buddy El

    April 4th, 2009
    9:18 pm

    Jim Milner, Sr………..You sound like a Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton wannabee. Alabama lead recruiting blacks into deep south football and Bear Bryant was a class act all his career. Maybe Blake should talk with Hershel Walker, Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and the likes. I’ve been a UGA fan since I became acquainted with football and I have never known any problems that you insinuate as rampant in the deep south. Any kid, regardless of color, will appreciate CMR for the gentleman and scholar that he is. Michigan didn’t show too much in the past few years but that probably will change. Blake appears to like UGA very much as noted in the article so maybe he’s able to do his own thinking without Jackson/Sharpton/Milner rabble-rousing racism.You are a disgrace for a man 64 years old and might want to consider relocating to Michigan.

    gawjasux

    April 4th, 2009
    10:01 pm

    Great choice Blake!! I see you want to be a winner!! Tail-er, you are also very welcome to come aboard!!

    Corndogs, the breakfast of coon asses!!

    gawjasux

    April 4th, 2009
    10:02 pm

    Austin

    April 6th, 2009
    5:26 pm

    This young man is a real class act. When Blake was a Sophomore at CASS HS team in Cartersville GA our son, who was an unknown Freshmen, was received and respected by Blake. He even invited him to his house with other upper classmen and that made our son feel really proud. He is a respectful, hard working athlete with an infectious smile! Blake if you read this, I want you to know we are soooo proud of you and excited for your future. The fact that you make strides in the classroom and on the field and still show respect for adults is refreshing. Stay humble and keep working hard and God only knows how far you’ll go. Lastly, know that EVERYONE has nay-sayers, the greatest to ever walk this planet still had his haters and they became his crucifiers, you young man, keep making your haters your motivaters. You are one of the original “CASS SONS” and the Red Elephants should be greatful to have you finish your prep days with them—we miss you but we are so happy for you….BLESSINGS FROM MR. AND MRS. AUSTIN AND BRADFORD #38!!!

    Austin

    April 6th, 2009
    5:29 pm

    BTW

    BRADFORD GOT AWARDED RICHARD SAMUEL’S OLD # SO HE’S BEEN #22 SINCE LAST YEAR!!!!!!! HOPEFULLY HE’LL HAVE YOUR AND RICHARDS’ COLLEGIATE SUCCESS!@#$%

    Jay koshiol

    April 6th, 2009
    10:11 pm

    Enter your comments here

    Blake Sims

    April 8th, 2009
    11:27 pm

    Thanks alot and I appreciate all the good things you said about me and my Dad said hello. And I will definately continue to work hard in the classroom and on the field. You are right my haters are my MOTIVATORS. It will get greater later. We are promised that. Tell Bradford to keep working hard. His time is right around the corner. 7AAA ROCKS! AND ROLL TIDE ROLL!HIT ME UP ON MY MYSPACE BRADFORD

    Kamausi Glover

    March 1st, 2010
    11:14 pm

    I hope he go to the best ALABAMA. Because I heard him talk to VICK and he want to win. But if he don’t go with ALABAMA it’s ok we will still be the best. ROLL TIDE ROLL.