Brookwood’s Andre Sims accepts scholarship offer from Michigan State

Andre Sims, had 57 catches for 915 yards and 9 TDs as a junior at Brookwood last season, has committed to Michigan State. (Special photo)

Andre Sims, had 57 catches for 915 yards and 9 TDs as a junior at Brookwood last season, has committed to Michigan State. (Special photo)

Andre Sims Jr. could have waited out the recruiting process. He could have attended a bunch of camps this summer and eked out a half-dozen or so offers before preseason practices began.

But the Brookwood athlete chose to bypass all that worry and angst and accept the one major scholarship he had. Sims committed to Michigan State this past week.

“Me and my parents got together and talked about all the variables and we just think Michigan State is the school for me,” said Sims, who attended a Spartans’ game last fall and made an unofficial visit to the East Lansing campus two weeks ago. “I was going to go to some camps. Virginia Tech and LSU invited to theirs this summer. I actually already paid for the one at LSU. They wanted me to come to their camps before they offered. But I really liked Michigan State and I didn’t think there was any reason to put it off.”

Sims (5-foot-9, 170 pounds) said he was recruited to play his “natural position” of defensive back at Michigan State. However, he played wide receiver almost exclusively at Brookwood as a junior last year. And he did it quite well.

Sims set school records for receptions in a season (56), receiving yards in a season (915), receiving TDs in a season (9), receiving yards in one game (167) and catches in one game (10). He also returned six punts for 140 yards to put him over 1,000 all-purpose yards for the year.

Sims said he played one game as a defensive back and recorded eight tackles and one interception. But plans are for him to play much more defense as a senior this next season.

Nonetheless, the Spartans saw enough to know they wanted to play him on that side of the ball.

“I think they just liked the ball skills I have,” Sims said. “They said they liked my footwork and my ability to run away from people.”

As for going so far away to school, Sims said he is not worried about it. Several extended family members live in and around Michigan and his father, Andre Sims Sr., works for AirTran Airlines.

Mainly, Sims said he’s glad to have the decision behind him.

“It takes a lot of stress off of me,” he said. “I’m not going to stop working. It’s not time to put it on cruise. I’m still going to work. It’s just one less thing to have to think about.”

33 comments Add your comment

BjohnDawg

April 28th, 2010
5:21 pm

Good luck to you Andre. Take advantage of this great opportunity.

memphisdawg

April 28th, 2010
5:33 pm

Congrats! Go Green! Go White!

Dawg Fan

April 28th, 2010
5:38 pm

Worm

April 28th, 2010
5:39 pm

Good luck kid!

Pago Flyer

April 28th, 2010
6:14 pm

It’s pretty obvious that UGA wasn’t after him for some reason. However, the Spartans are a pretty good team and a beautiful campus.

DiehardSpartan

April 28th, 2010
7:21 pm

Good luck! You made a great decision. Go Green! Go White!

MSUbrat

April 28th, 2010
7:36 pm

Andre Sims joins the 300.

MSUbrat

April 28th, 2010
7:37 pm

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stw

April 28th, 2010
7:43 pm

Best of luck.. Make your parents proud..

Dawggie

April 28th, 2010
7:49 pm

Pago,

The new defensive staff at UGA has already stated that they intend to pursue and recruit bigger DB’s, this guy is 5′9″ and 170lbs.

Sounds to me that he is small and UGA only wants bigger DB’s. You must be a M.State alum.

Big Chubby

April 28th, 2010
7:58 pm

If ga didn’t want him it’s obvious Tech didn’t. Too small.

spartanga

April 28th, 2010
8:11 pm

Welcome! Dantonio’s speciality and coaching background is secondary. You must have great ball skills and ‘hips’. There are many 5′10 DBs in the NFL

Gerald

April 28th, 2010
9:20 pm

UGA and GT classless fans:

You say UGA and GT didn’t want him, but Virginia Tech and LSU, two programs that are better than yours and has been for a decade (LSU) and 2 decades (Virginia Tech) did. Wow, maybe UGA and GT should start taking pointers from LSU and VT in recruiting. That way, you’d have more than 4 outright conference titles between you since 1983.

Chest Rockwell

April 29th, 2010
3:16 am

Hey Gerald…obviously some of these UGA geniuses wouldn’t want somebody like Asher Allen again…only a 3rd round pick by the Vikings in 2009…oh yeah, and only 5′9″. How some fans quickly forget

GTpak

April 29th, 2010
7:38 am

Andre, good luck at Michigan State and congrats on your scholarship. Make the best of it!

Ignore the immature comments on this blog. I admire you for knowing what you want and your willingness to go ahead and make that decision.

AJB

April 29th, 2010
8:09 am

Glad to have you on board Andre! You’ll love it!

MFC

April 29th, 2010
8:43 am

Welcome to the Spartans Andre. We are glad to have you. You will love playing for Coach Dantonio. As stated before his background is defense and more specifically the secondary. We are confident you will do well in East Lansing. No disrespect to the ‘Dawgs or the Jackets but we are glad you chose the Green and White.

spider

April 29th, 2010
8:53 am

another great kid gets a scholarship too another school and right away UGA fans say we didnt want the kid anyway, im shocked

Spartanhead

April 29th, 2010
10:11 am

Welcome Andre, as one of many Spartan Alums here in Georgia, I am looking forward to watching you lace ‘em up for the Green and White. Good luck with your senior season at Brookwood too!

DRTONG69

April 29th, 2010
10:12 am

Congrats Andre! Great Choice of schools. Great pick up for the Spartans. I’m sure UGA didn’t want him because they should win the national title every year and have 5 #1 nfl picks according to their highly delusional fan base. Of which 99% never attended UGA yet bought a UGA jersey at walmart while barking like a poddle.

WTF

April 29th, 2010
10:20 am

is a poddle?

how2fish

April 29th, 2010
11:17 am

Gerald LSU and VT wanted him to come to camp..they didn’t offer him yet..read the article please..anyway Congrats and good luck I’ve heard nothing but good things about this young man !

Delbert D.

April 29th, 2010
12:58 pm

Is “accepting a scholarship offer” different from “committing?”

Bravedawg

April 29th, 2010
5:35 pm

I am a Brookwood alum and I thrilled to hear we have another talented player headed for a great college career! All the best!

Dawgcrew34

April 29th, 2010
6:32 pm

Class of 92′ Brookwood alum…very happy for the guy! MSU is a great school, don’t know about the beautiful campus, didn’t seem that great when I visited there a couple of years ago for a work project! UGA has young corners, and they just got 6ft Devin Bowman. Maybe they were waiting a bit to offer, or maybe they didn’t want him..point is he’s going to MSU and thats a big time accomplishment considering most HS kids don’t get to play D1 ball. Congrats to the kid and good luck!

Pago Flyer

April 30th, 2010
9:11 am

DAWGGIE….you just backed-up what I said. UGA didn’t want him.
Actually I’m a Red Coat Band Alum. I do go to Spartan Stadium once a year with my Spartan buddies..including the UGA/MSU Bowl game a year or so ago.

DOWNSOUTHSPARTAN

April 30th, 2010
2:57 pm

We want him and we got him!!!! Go Green Go White!!!!I Played for Dantonio and you will love it. You will still love it when you are done playing at State. I go back 3 x’s a year and he is the same ole’ coach. He will look out for you once you are done playing as well. Great coach but even better person, trust me. Good luck and have fun.

Rocky

May 1st, 2010
7:55 am

Congrats to this young man. Things are moving in Athens as the Clarke Central team that went to the State Championship are racking up some offers with Mattox, South Carolina, etc. Pierce- Air Force, Harvard,etc, and Posey, GT, TENN, etc. getting offers,

NWags

May 6th, 2010
10:12 am

You will learn to become a man at MSU, people forget that its not all about football. Get a education!! If you even make it to the NFL one day, it can stand for NotForLong. You made a great choice.

Ms. Nataraj

May 18th, 2010
8:46 pm

Andre, I just saw this article! I am SO proud of you. The best thing about you is that you not only play hard, but you work hard. You lit up my classroom with your enthusiasm to learn and charming wit, and I’m excited to see what you’re going to do in the future.

:)

Mrs. W

May 21st, 2010
8:12 pm

remember who taught you chemistry when you’re famous! Love Mrs. W

Veronica

August 19th, 2010
3:10 am

I’m soo happy for mu lil cousin (: our family is VERY pround of him !

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