Blake Sims makes it clear: No go for UGA

Bama all the way, says Gainesville's electrifying quarterback Blake Sims. (AJC photo)

Bama all the way, says Gainesville's electrifying quarterback Blake Sims. (AJC photo)

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The answer to the question was delivered politely and succinctly.

I asked Gainesville quarterback Blake Sims – arguably the best overall player in the entire state — if there was any chance at all he could end up at Georgia.

“No, sir,” the longtime Alabama commitment stated flatly on Wednesday.

By itself that would not seem a stirring statement. He’s going to go where he said he said he was going to go. But placed in the context of the last few weeks it resonates powerfully.

Sims, as I have reported, grew up a Bulldogs’ fan. Living just 41 miles from Sanford Stadium, he attended their camps for four years and his parents have framed photos of Sims and coach Mark Richt on the walls of their Gainesville home.

But it was the Crimson Tide that was the first to offer this dynamic athlete last spring. And Sims accepted a day later. But the day before Sims practically begged Georgia to come forth with a scholarship offer.

“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,” he told the AJC’s Michael Carvell last April.

That offer did not come.

What kept Georgia from truly getting excited about Sims before this season remains a mystery. But the Bulldogs finally stepped up their efforts with the AJC Super 11 selection about a month ago. In fact, Richt was going to get personally involved, or so Gainesville coach Bruce Miller and Blake’s father Sonny Sims told me at the time.

Sims said that hasn’t happened.

“I really haven’t talked to [Richt] since the last time I went up there for their summer camp,” he said.

UGA wide receivers coach Tony Ball was on the sidelines for Gainesville’s first-round playoff game last Friday (a 42-0 win over Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe). But, again, Sims said it didn’t have an effect on him.

“I didn’t really get to speak to [Ball] so I didn’t really hear what he had to say,” Sims said. “It was nice to see him but I’m still committed to Alabama.”

Ultimately, Georgia just wanted a second chance to rekindle its relationship with Sims. The Bulldogs made a push to get him to visit for the Auburn game this past weekend. Sims didn’t make it.

It has been reported elsewhere that a “personal matter” came up that prevented Sims from making the trip to Athens. But Sims offered no such excuse to me. “I just didn’t go,” he said.

If you’re a Georgia fan and you’ve seen Sims play, all this is distressing news. Playing quarterback for the Class AAA’s top-ranked Red Elephants (11-0), the 6-foot, 180-pound Sims has amassed 2,573 yards total offense, including 1,692 passing and 717 rushing. All Sims’ skills were on display in last weekend’s opening-round rout as he accounted for five touchdowns in three quarters of play.

Sims is listed as the proverbial “athlete” on most recruiting boards. Sims said he’d like a chance to remain a quarterback — Georgia has assured him he could — but he’s not sure what he might play at Alabama. Again, that does not seem an issue.

“I do not know right now,” he said. “I don’t think they know right now. But I’ll play wherever the team needs me.”

Georgia’s not the only school to stay after Sims. He said Tennessee continues to recruit him hard. But Sims said he’s excited about the opportunity to play for the Crimson Tide, which is undefeated and in the national championship hunt for the second consecutive season under third-year head coach Nick Saban.

“I’m happy about the commitment I made,” Sims said. “I’m just ready to go to school up there and just jump on that boat and give everything I have for the Crimson Tide and continue what Coach Saban has started and even more.”

As for the Bulldogs, Sims said he harbors no hard feelings or bitterness.

“That’s just how things work out sometimes,” he told me. “It was my dream to play for Georgia but sometimes dreams don’t come true.”

Here’s a link to Sims’ latest video highlights.

252 comments Add your comment

jared

November 19th, 2009
2:38 am

well thats a real shame

tbone dawg

November 19th, 2009
4:30 am

If it’s true that CMR hasn’t been in touch, there is a reason for it. That reason may well be grades. It’s no secret that there are several question marks there for Sims, a good kid. The truth is, though, there is alot of time yet to play out on this issue.

Stillman/Ga. Dawg

November 19th, 2009
4:45 am

I think CMR just drop the ball on this like he always do..I like CMR but he is not gonna get Ga. overr the next level.. This kid is gonna come back to haunt us in some way or position he plays..Sucks a well known coach as he can’t keep all our top rated prospects home, then they go elsewhere and beat crap out of us.

Ultimate Dawg

November 19th, 2009
5:29 am

This one we will regret. The kid has unbelievable talent when on the football field.

tbone dawg, stop with the grades excuses, we recruit those all the time with grade issues, Richt blew it and will regret it.

John

November 19th, 2009
5:47 am

Like the infamous 20oz Bulldog used to post: “If Richt wants ‘em…Richt will get ‘em.”

Not this time.

Yearofthedawg

November 19th, 2009
5:49 am

Drop the ball on recruiting “like he always do”?

I knew Stillman picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue…

'Bama 1

November 19th, 2009
5:57 am

I Love It! ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gomdawg

November 19th, 2009
5:57 am

MEYERS IS GOING TO THE DALLAS COWBOYS

'Bama 1

November 19th, 2009
6:03 am

gomdawg, I hope your right!

'Bama 1

November 19th, 2009
6:03 am

Now if we could just get rid of Lame Liar Kiffin.

Elliot Garcia

November 19th, 2009
6:38 am

Who is Meyers??

Elliot Garcia

November 19th, 2009
6:39 am

Nobody wants to play for a loser!

'Bama 1

November 19th, 2009
6:43 am

You Know, Oscar Meyers

C.Q.

November 19th, 2009
6:51 am

“…placed in the context of the last few weeks it resonates powerfully.” Really? Gosh Chip, kinda dramatic don’t you think? A good kid chooses to go to the school that just happened to offer him first and, oh by the way, is currently in the MNC hunt while the hometown team is struggling and for whatever reasons didn’t show him the love he felt he deserved in a timely manner. WOW! The ONE kid who coulda gotten us “over the hump!!” Guess UGA should just abandon all future recruiting efforts. Don’t guess it coulda had anything to do with our current depth at the skill positions or current commitments for 2010. Yea, maybe we’ll wish we had gone after him a little harder when it’s all said and done, but “…resonates powerfully??” Give me a break.

Marie

November 19th, 2009
6:54 am

A true dawg fan??? Have to question that one. Screamed at or prayed for. I had rather be prayed for.

Va Dawg

November 19th, 2009
7:04 am

This kid may not take a snap at QB for the Tide- the future starter is another kid named Sims- Phillip Sims- that plays for nationally ranked (No. 6 by USA Today) Oscar Smith high school in Chesapeake, Virginia. He is the REAL deal and can do it all. Good luck, Blake, but I doubt you will play QB for Saban.

MiltonDawg

November 19th, 2009
7:15 am

Good luck to him. We already have two great red-shirt freshman QBs on our roster. Start recruiting early for QB for 2011.

fanzdowatch

November 19th, 2009
7:23 am

I’m not a UGA or Bama fan, but this kid is the best football player I’ve seen this year…and I’ve seen the top two ranked teams in USA play this year. This kid will not take a back seat to Philip Sims or anyone else for that matter. Could possibly be best player in Ga. regardless of position….just watch him play in person or on TV if possible and you’ll see what Coach Saban already knows.

War Jacket

November 19th, 2009
7:25 am

Give the kid some credit. He sees a program that is returning to its traditional mediocre status. Why would any high schooler pick Georgia when he can go play for a program that is certain to compete for an SEC and national championship?

cj

November 19th, 2009
7:28 am

well thats unfortunate, but the dawgs will continue to roll baby!!!!!!!!!!

SuperB

November 19th, 2009
7:37 am

What’s the deal here with Sims? Why didn’t Richt go after him when he could have had him?
And to the dullard, “War Jacket:” After the Insects win 80 games in eight years, give me a call. Until then…..buzz off!

Douglas

November 19th, 2009
7:42 am

I have to agree with WarJacket and I’m a dawg fan agreeing with a Tech fan? I would much rather go to a school that contends for the MNC each year than go play for a coach who is more loyal to his coaches than he is to UGA. That’s the bottom line: Richt is more loyal to his coaches than to UGA. When a coach gets to that point, we do not need him anymore.

Gainesville

November 19th, 2009
7:45 am

Blake Sims is a great athlete and a nice kid, but he does not have the academic capability to cut it at UGA. Blake does not have college bound grades nor test scores. Georgia’s academic requirements are tougher than Alabama’s. Alabama may be a better fit for Blake.

Johnny DangerDawg

November 19th, 2009
7:50 am

Stillman/Ga. Dawg,
“Sucks a well known coach as he can’t keep all our top rated prospects home…” Oh yeah, totally. Mack Brown couldn’t keep Matthew Stafford in the state of Texas, so he sucks too. Also, Urban Meyer sure did want Orson Charles to stay in his home state of Florida, but Orson broke Florida’s trophy and then left the state. Man, all these coaches suck at recruiting; they will never win anything.

Tide Rising

November 19th, 2009
7:54 am

Gainesville,

Nice way to take a shot at Bama. The academic requirements for athletes are pretty much the same across the board in the sec and Bama and Georgia recruit the same athletes pretty much. Georgia is Georgia. Not Harvard or Vandy or Georgia Tech which really is harder academically then Georgia. So stop with the academic superiority nonsense. Richt and the Georgia staff Sims for granted that they could have him anytime they wanted him. They just blew it. That’s all.

Bama fans are ecstatic over this kid and are probably more excited talking about him then just about anybody in our recruiting class. He’s gonna be special and judging from what Bama people are saying Saban has big plans for him and expects to see him on the field immediately.

I know UT wants him bad also but we have Kiffin on our side. We figure the more this fool runs his mouth, especially his most recent lie, the more kids are going to realize what a clown this guy really is.

McDawg

November 19th, 2009
7:58 am

the blog of angst

john

November 19th, 2009
8:11 am

tell him we may have an opening as fair catch specialist…that should seal the deal.

Topp Dogg

November 19th, 2009
8:11 am

Fact is it takes better grades to get into UGA then it does to get into Alabama dumbass, do some research.Just like its harder to get to GT then into UGA. This is not rocket science Tide Risen.

Hey Dogtards

November 19th, 2009
8:14 am

“That reason may well be grades. It’s no secret that there are several question marks there for Sims, a good kid.”

Since when did Georgia start recruiting rocket scientists? Georgia doesn’t care how smart their recruits are, as long as they qualify. In fact, tons of Georgia recruits DON’T qualify – look at how many of them have to go go Georgia Military for 2 years.

It has nothing to do with grades and everything to do with the fact that Richt is a poor talent scout and dropped the ball. Once Richt saw that the guy made the super 11 and had a bunch of stars and offers from other schools, THAT is when he had Richt’s attention.

Don’t believe me? Richt wanted Caleb King over Jonathan Dwyer. Please tell me that shows a good eye for talent.

SEC

November 19th, 2009
8:15 am

dawgsssssss

November 19th, 2009
8:17 am

I submitted an application in crayon to alabama 4 years ago. guess what… got in, plus a scholarship.

That school is nowhere close to the academic rigor of UGA. You are an idiot if you think otherwise. I would compare Bama’s schooling to that of V. State.

The Source

November 19th, 2009
8:18 am

The whole Georgia football team will cease to exist if we don’t sign this kid.He is god’s gift to football and will single handedly put his team on his back and win games. He is the greatest player ever to come out of the State of Georgia. Whoa to Georgia for letting this seventeen or eighteen year old kid sign with another team…he will lead Alabama to the promise land…Nick Saban and his wife will adopt him because he is so special.Shame Shame Shame on Georgia…Richt should be fired because he didn’t sign this kid…..Yea Right!…I’ve got some swamp land I want to sell you too.

Tide Rising

November 19th, 2009
8:18 am

Topp Dogg,

Its tougher to get into UGA than Bama because UGA has a bigger population, hence more demand, and because Georgia has the lottery, and again more demand because more people can and do apply for admission to UGA. So yes it is harder to get into Georgia than Bama as a general student.

But we’re talking about athletes here you frigging imbecile. They all recruit the same athletes and Georgia has lower standards for athletes and if you look at the recruiting you will see they recruit a lot of the same athletes. And if you don’t believe that then why was Georgia trying to get back into the picture recruiting Sims? Answer that one dumbass!

dawgsssssss

November 19th, 2009
8:19 am

And it is now officially harder to get into UGA than GT. The above statement is incorrect. Especially if you are a white female, or just a female in general. Last I saw Tech was 70% male or something like that.

Tide Rising

November 19th, 2009
8:23 am

Hey Dogtards,

Thanks for the info,

We forgot just how many dogs end up going to Hargrave junior college. Topp Dogg really looks like a dumbass now.

BAMADAWG

November 19th, 2009
8:25 am

The fact that CMR has not gone after this kid hard smells of academic issues. Gainsville is totally correct in Bamma’s academmic requirements are much more lax than UGA. Richt learned a painful lesson a few years back about signing kids that can’t qualify and how that affects depth.It was clear that going in to this year that UGA success would depend on how consistant Joe Cox could be. He’s been terrible and our season has been average. He had 3 plus turnovers in the blowouts to UT and FL and at least two in the other losses. Had Murray not gotten hurt he would have been in there. All of you fairweather fans need to go jump on the tech bandwagon cause we don’t need you. UGA was irrelevent for an entire decade before Richt arrived and they don’t meet all of you experts expectations and all of suuden he can’t coach. This is the SEC not the ACC, some years are just tough especially with UGA schedule.

SEC fan

November 19th, 2009
8:25 am

Good kid but not even ranked in the top 10 in Georgia by any ranking service including the AJC.

CMR

November 19th, 2009
8:25 am

Hubbard was in Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit when the Tide hosted LSU.

“I love the winning tradition at Alabama,” said Hubbard. “I really like their defense. The crowd on game day is really loud.”

Dam, I mean shoot

Tide Rising

November 19th, 2009
8:26 am

dawgsssss,

You sumbitted an application in crayon to Bama and got accepted? Actually I do believe the part about you submitting an app in crayon. I believe it to be true because your post is a childish comment to say about another university.

Jan Kemp

November 19th, 2009
8:28 am

Dawgs have really tough academic requirements for athletes? You guys are too funny.

Paddy

November 19th, 2009
8:29 am

I doubt it is an academic issue that is the tipping point here! UGA and Alabama are equals in the eyes of admission policy standards. We just got there late or was not thrilled enough about this kid in the first place, it happens. “one mans s_it, is another mans ice cream”.

Hargrave military academy

November 19th, 2009
8:29 am

We accept many dawgs here who are accepted by UGA but then come up short on the ncaa act and gpa requirements that the ncaa accepts.

dawgsssssss

November 19th, 2009
8:30 am

Tide –

Yes, it’s true. Only after getting early admittance at UGA.

Jim Harrick Jr.

November 19th, 2009
8:31 am

How many points do you get for a 3 pt shot? If you can answer this one you can get into UGA.

dawgsssssss

November 19th, 2009
8:32 am

maybe in the 50s Harrick.

What’s the difference between a maggot and a tide fan?

Johnny Test

November 19th, 2009
8:34 am

War Jacket…. Tek know all about mediocrity.. they invented it. Now go hide under your mother’s skirt.

Tech rules

November 19th, 2009
8:35 am

Funny. Dawgs miss out on a recruit cause they were napping and then start talking smack about academic issues as if they have real high academic standards for athletes. My alter egos Jan, Jim Jr. are all right. You guys are a joke

dawgsssssss

November 19th, 2009
8:36 am

ole miss takes the capital one bowl this weekend over lsu. count it.

bama and auburn is going to be one hell of a game. i think it’s a toss up.

Tech rules

November 19th, 2009
8:38 am

bcs appearances = none
bcs wins = none
bowl wins past 4 years = none
rings for season games = 1
wins over basketball teams = 5 a season
free hotdogs per ticket = depends on how many free tickets you collect

Observor

November 19th, 2009
8:40 am

dawgssssss.

I’m assuming you are joking that you filled out an application for university of bama and got accepted. If you have time to fill out college admission apps in crayon because you are easily amused then you certainly have a lot of time on your hands.