Gainesville’s Blake Sims re-commits to Alabama (updated)

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..

139 comments Add your comment

RomeDawg

January 17th, 2010
3:33 pm

Sure was hoping to see Sims in the Red and Black in Athens. BTW we own Tech!

Nachos

January 17th, 2010
3:37 pm

We don’t want him, let him go.

Why doesn’t this genius follow the almighty Coach “O” to USC???

right

January 17th, 2010
3:38 pm

You sure you still want to wear BLACK in Athens….haven’t you learned anything…kidding… Good Luck… ROLL TIDE!!

red elephant?

January 17th, 2010
3:46 pm

It does not take an engineer to see that this kid was going to follow Kirby Smart. Maybe he can follow him next year when Smart leaves for where ever. Or he will end up at North Alabama after next year when Saban pulls his scholarship. He does this every year.

2010 UGA DAWGS

January 17th, 2010
3:51 pm

Dawgs will be heading into the SEC champ. game in Atl with one loss at most, probably to SC (don’t laugh, they will finish in top 15) and we’ll see that rematch from 08′ that i wish we had every year

Slim

January 17th, 2010
3:55 pm

LOL!!!!! The Georgia fans can’t stand this…when the kid de-committed from Alabama most of the Georgia fans were laughing at Alabama. Now what do you have to say???? Nick Saban keeps pulling great recruits out of Georgia…..

WAR eagle

January 17th, 2010
4:04 pm

ugaG, you suck. Nobody wants to play for a sinking ship. Gratham aint gonna save yalls sorry team.

DeadDog

January 17th, 2010
4:10 pm

Hey RomeDawg. Nice DC hire. A 40 year old QB just hung 34 on them. UGA football is a joooooookkkkke, just like the degree.

Frank

January 17th, 2010
4:12 pm

WAR eagle all I can say to you is “Fear the Thumb” LOL!!!!!

THWGT!!!

Dawgtime

January 17th, 2010
4:13 pm

Let me encourage everyone that you are talking about a high school teenager. He is a great kid that I wanted to head to UGA, but he made a great selection in BAMA. I wish him well. In terms of our new DC, I am very excited. I am been saying for years that we need to switch to a 34 front. Justin Houston will become a star. I would play Dobbs in the weakside 3 gap and Houston on the outside. With that, a guard will have to block Dobbs. Go DAWGS.

DBoy Jones

January 17th, 2010
4:14 pm

The truth behind Blake not coming to UGA is Richard Samuels told him not to come. Those two are good friends and he advise Simms not to come to Athens.

Dawgtime

January 17th, 2010
4:15 pm

brucemac

January 17th, 2010
4:19 pm

War Eagle, the sinking ship will kick your azz again next year. Sink this!!!! Dead Dog, he is the D Line coach moron, now he can get to recruiting top five class again. Jealousy is obviously killing our competitors. We were only going to sign one quarterback, originally none. So, he was not recruited as QB by UGA. I don’t blame him a bit, good luck to Blake at Bama.

south

January 17th, 2010
4:20 pm

WAR Eagle – you’re kidding right?

Auburn is the cestpool of the SEC, GA kicks your arzzz every year. You need to worry about getting 1 decent recruit out of you’re own state because looks like you just get the players Bama tosses to the curb.

Way to live up to being the COW college.

Jasuga

January 17th, 2010
4:21 pm

Deaddawg, considering Grantham is not the D-Cordinator in Dallas, hes the D-line coach which had pressure on Farve most of the game. So your comment made no sense.

Jasuga

January 17th, 2010
4:23 pm

DBoy Jones, where do you get your information? I seriously doubt Richard Samuels told him not to come to UGA. The main reason he isn’t coming to Athens has a lot to do with UGA wanting him to play receiver or move to defense. He wants to play QB, which I think will be tough for him at Alabama since Patrick Simms is going there to.

WAR eagle

January 17th, 2010
4:24 pm

Gratham sucks, he coached with that fool Saban, now he’s going to coach for a bigger foo in Richt.

Jasuga

January 17th, 2010
4:25 pm

excuse me Phillip Simms

Jasuga

January 17th, 2010
4:26 pm

War Eagle fear the thumb. 4 in a row!!!

GatorTechGamecock

January 17th, 2010
4:29 pm

Anywhere BUT georgia……The smart players see the writing on the wall…….

UGA is worse than the Titanic……bad fans…..horrible stadium…even worst practice facilities……………and a coaching staff in turmoil……

Does Stacey Searles go to UT with his buddy Derek?

Rabun Dawg

January 17th, 2010
4:30 pm

Good for Blake Sims. Can’t you guys lighten up and quit throwing trash at each others program? That being said, War eagle, can’t say that you have much room to brag and throw darts at UGA program!
Have a pleasant day all!

Dawgtime

January 17th, 2010
4:31 pm

I still see the GT fans spewing all there garbage. Lets see. UGA won the football game against GT. We won our bowl game. GT was dominated by a non-ACC team again in their bowl game. I heard wait until basketball season. Okay, I did. UGA’s whipped GT in women and men’s basketball. So what am I waiting for now. Then I hear a GT fan spewing that GT got rid of their problems when the juniors declared for the draft. These people are delusional. Get over your hatred of UGA. It’s not our fault that your sports teams are inferior. Okay, maybe it is to a degree. Then I see some fan making fun of a UGA degree. The funny thing is that I only know one GT fan that actually graduated from GT. Most never graduated from any school. Hate UGA because your program is inferior. That is so funny to me. Now they are attacking the new DC because Dallas lost. Need I remind these mental midgets that his team was playing in the NFL playoffs. Hmmmm. What was GT’s new DC doing today? Oh yeah, he got fired. Get a clue. Let me encourage some of you to actually read what you are blogging. Most of this stuff is flat stupid and pathetic. It doesn’t make you look cool. It makes you look like you are desperate for attention. Go Dawgs.

brucemac

January 17th, 2010
4:31 pm

War Eagle=loser. Nick Saban=Auburns Daddy for next 10 years. Dawgs and Richt=Reason Chisick will not last much longer.

Jasuga

January 17th, 2010
4:33 pm

WAR Eagle if Saban is a terrible coach then Auburn must have had some terrible coaches coaching against him cause Nick Saban is 4 and 4 against Auburn.

Dawgtime

January 17th, 2010
4:36 pm

We all know that “WAR Eagle” is really a GT fan trying to create turmoil. Auburn is a good school that makes for a great game every year with UGA. I know many Auburn fans and they don’t spew crap like this moron. These people are so sad. Go DAWGS.

Rick

January 17th, 2010
4:37 pm

I guess Saban Filled him full of BS to get him to commit. If he wants to play QB his chances would be a lot better somewhere besides UGA or BAMA. Tennessee or South Carolina. Or maybe the kid got smart this past week and realized that if he wants to be a pro he should forget QB and just be a WR where he should shine.

Special K

January 17th, 2010
4:37 pm

Laughing at these posts! Get over yourselves. You did not invent football.

Jasuga

January 17th, 2010
4:37 pm

Yea War Eagle Mark Richt is a terrible coach thats why he is 6 and 3 against Auburn while at UGA. PLease explain your reasons as to why he is a terrible coach.

Big L

January 17th, 2010
4:38 pm

Auburn has lost what 4 or 5 straight to UGA. And they are talkin trash. Wow, bein second in your state has made you guys delusional.

GatorTechGamecock

January 17th, 2010
4:38 pm

Just Kidding….Georgia has been a fine program and represented the SEC the past 10 years…it is a shame to see UGA going through so much in such a short period of time….
UGA did lose a # 1 and another in the top 15 of NFL draft….that was a ton to replace…then the Defense was non existent throughout much of the year…losing your two best defensive players to the NFL will hurt next year…..

Defense wins the SEC and BCS titles…without one a school will have problems competing in the SEC week in and week out.

HardTruth Soldier

January 17th, 2010
4:45 pm

DeadDog, He didn’t put up forty on Gratham, you see Gratham is the D-Line coach, and they had 4 sacks on Favre. Next time know what you talking about BEFORE YOU BLOG!

HooverTrey

January 17th, 2010
4:48 pm

Coaching D-Line is so easy Rodney Garner could do it.

bamaguy

January 17th, 2010
5:01 pm

Remember recruits: Even red shirt freshmen get a national championship ring. And where is the most likely place you are going to get one of those next year?

gridironglory

January 17th, 2010
5:07 pm

Auburn 7 to 3 last ten years vs the # 2 school in the state. Those $$$$$$$$$$$’s can;t buy wins only players.

Baba O'Riley

January 17th, 2010
5:18 pm

If San Diego beats the Jets today, the worst 2 rushing teams in football will be playing for the AFC Championship. If the Jets win, it would be the best rushing team in the NFL facing the worst, but the Colts would be the heavy favorite. So much for the addage that you must be able to run the football to win.

panama city beach mike

January 17th, 2010
5:20 pm

2010 UGA Dawgs, I’m laughing, real hard.

Thomas D in Sandy Springs

January 17th, 2010
5:21 pm

UGA and Bama will continue to dominate their states and grab a few from border states. They are the flagship universities of Georgia and Alabama. The Ga. Tech’s and Auburn’s of the world have a hard time with this and this inferiority complex is what makes them post non-stop on sites like this.

Calhoun

January 17th, 2010
5:23 pm

Speaking of recruiting…..The Gators continue to increase the gap with all of their rivals. They recruit on a national stage unlike any other team in the southeast..period. On signing day you can watch ESPN and any other netowrk covering recruiting praising the Gators for the job they do. Looks like they may end up with the highest rated class of all time.

BIG BEE

January 17th, 2010
5:23 pm

DAWG TIME, I hope your point is intended for theUGA fans also. A game is a game, not a life. Refs get paid, coaches get paid, players are ther for fun and to get an education, HOWEVER, to lose a game is matter of life and death to a so-called fan!!!

Gordon Solie

January 17th, 2010
5:23 pm

Thomas D- If championships were won in February, your team would never go to Shreveport.

Jimmy

January 17th, 2010
5:24 pm

bamaguy:

Saban has never won back to back MNC’s.
Few teams have done that.
I doubt very seriously Saban will win one next year either.
You probably don’t want recruits thinking about that one.

1970 Dawg

January 17th, 2010
5:25 pm

I just read DD’s absurd comment about a 40-yr old QB “hanging” 34 pts on Grantham. First of all that 40-yr old QB may be one of the top 5 all-time NFL QB’s so show him his due respect. Secondly, Grantham was not the DC and thirdly, Dallas’ offense set up Minn. up for a lot of those points. Just remember 30-24 and lol in your rebuilding year.

Alphare

January 17th, 2010
5:33 pm

I am OK with him going to BAMA. But he will face a lot of competition there.

If he goes to Tech, he will start right away and shine early. Tech has 4 guys drafted in round 1&2 this year, same as BAMA I think. In that sense, you have a better chance to go to NFL with Tech than BAMA.

dooley

January 17th, 2010
5:34 pm

if i’m correct, hasn’t Auburn and Bama been on probation recently. Gone through numerous head coaches recently, and been left for dead recently. how can any of the fans of these programs talk trash about another program. I’m not even gonna start on Tennessee. Florida has had a good run, but it’s about to change, good recruits or not. UGA all the Way

Baba O'Riley

January 17th, 2010
5:36 pm

OK, why is Florida’s “run” about to change? Tebow was a great college player, but UF is stacked with talent everywhere.

BAMA FAN #2

January 17th, 2010
5:36 pm

Hope the Sims kid stays with the crimson tide!! The team that i dislike the most is USC thanks to boy
blunder!! RTR

dooley

January 17th, 2010
5:44 pm

hey bama o’riley, i’m basically hoping for this to change. i figure if they didn’t win it all with super Tebow, they can’t be this good again next year. i love the dogs but this florida team this year should have been one of the best ever……..

GT VET

January 17th, 2010
5:45 pm

LOL dogtime uga won in basketball football and womens basketball,as did GT last year..btw didnt see u post on that …but like i said a couple weeks ago, uga won the fight but GT won the WAR..did ya check out the polls lately??? didnt see uga in them ..no wait ok ok yes uga girl dogs are ranked…uga has what 20 ,21 more wins over GT in 106 years of playing football??Dominate???and hey ROME dog,what ever little weasel school u pull for in rome ,THE Calhoun YELLOW JACKETS will always rule Floyd county..ALWAYS….in parting the wind came from the southeast last week and u can still smell that sewer the pups play football on(ever wonder why the shrubs grow so well in that stink hole)?Gov Perdue (a uga grad)is trying to annex athens(the sewer of Georgia )to S Carolina…half the crime and all the stink would be out of Georgia anyway…

Foothills football fan

January 17th, 2010
5:56 pm

Where’s my man Grinch? Anything to this post about Sims and Samuels? Sims originally from your neck of the woods, right

Burdell

January 17th, 2010
5:57 pm

Calhoun is not Floyd County…enjoy your drinks GT VET.

Go Jackets!