The on-again, off-again relationship of Blake Sims and Alabama is on again.
The Gainesville quarterback and AJC Super 11 selection re-committed to the Crimson Tide while on an official visit in Tuscaloosa this weekend, Sims confirmed on Sunday.
“I did it today just before I left,” Sims said shortly after returning home Sunday night. “It’s a big load off of me. I’m really happy to make my final decision.”
Sims’ recruitment has been a difficult emotional journey. After first committing last spring, Sims decommitted to Bama on Jan. 8, the day after it had won the BCS national title. At the time he expressed concerns over how he may — or may not — be utilized by the Tide on the offensive side of the ball. Coach Nick Saban was able to allay those concerns over the weekend.
“I was able to spend a lot of time with Coach Saban and that was what helped me make up my mind more than anything else,” Sims said. “He didn’t make any promises. He just said come in ready to play.”
Sims said he was assured he would play on the offensive side of the ball but not specifically what position. At Gainesville he starred at quarterback while most suspect he’ll play a slot receiver position in college. Sims also said he would be given the opportunityto compete in the returns game. Basically Saban asked Sims to trust that Alabama would utilize his abilities to the fullest.
“I really don’t know to tell you the truth,” he said when asked what position he’d play. “[Saban] just said do what they tell me and believe that they’ll do what’s best for me. Coach Saban has been in it so long and he knows what he’s doing. All I want to do is contribute and help win another national championships.
Sims reopened his recruitment shortly after an in-home visit from former Tennessee coaches Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron a week and a half ago. Originally he canceled this weekend’s visit to Alabama in order to travel to Knoxville. But he canceled the UT visit after Kiffin and Co. bolted to USC. He also considered Cincinnati, Georgia and several other SEC schools.
“I just really couldn’t decide which school would be the best fit for me,” Sims said. “But I felt a lot better after getting back over there [to Alabama] and I feel really good about everything now.”
In other news out of Gainesville, senior safety Daunte Carr on Sunday committed to Arkansas. A longtime Stanford commitment, Carr grew concerned since he had not heard back from the Cardinal regarding academic admission to the school and began looking around.
NOTE: There was tons of recruiting news developing on Sunday, including Marist kicker Justin Moore accepting a scholarship offer from Georgia Tech, Westlake linebacker and former Tennessee commitment Michael Taylor officially committing to Florida and much more. Tune in right here tomorrow morning to catch all of it..