Free safety lightning bolt trips to WSU

A RISING 4-STAR SAFETY and return man prospect took his official visit to the Palouse last weekend. The Cougs offered during the junior college standout while he was on the trip, and are competing against new interest coming from West Virginia and Oklahoma. The 5-11, 210-pounder who clocked a 4.38 at the NorCal combine talks crimson visit and all things recruiting.

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Lightning bolt David Sims (5-11, 205, 4.38) out of Butte College is being recruited by Washington State as a free safety and return man. He was at Washington State this past weekend on his official visit.

"It was cool and it was kind of like Butte in that everybody knows everybody," said Sims. "And I like that the whole city is big on football -- everybody that lives in the town goes to the football game.

"They offered me on my trip. They said I have speed and I'm physical and that I have good ball skills. They talked a lot about how I can come up and make the play, go get the ball and that I can cover."

Sims is also versatile athlete, he played running back at Butte last year.

This past season at safety, he racked up 73 tackles, three interceptions, six pass breakups and four fumble recoveries, one of which he returned 99 yards for a touchdown. He also had a kickoff return he took 86 yards to the house, ran back a blocked field goal 98 yards for a score, and returned another FG attempt 100-plus yards to paydirt.

WSU DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR Jody Sears is recruiting Sims for Washington State.

"I liked the new coaches there, they seem like they're really serious about winning and everything," said Sims. "He (Sears) was really cool and really straight forward -- the players were all really cool, they had just recently met the coaches also and they told us (visiting recruits) straight up how the coaches were and that they were coming in all about business. And I liked that.

"It's a big family already."

SIMS SAID he clicked with Cougar defensemen Kendrick Dunn, Alfonso Jackson and Cory Evans while on his visit.

"My host was Kendrick Dunn and I spent time with Alfonso Jackson, and Cory, they were all really cool and I talked to Cory for a good 15 minutes about going there. That was really good," he said.

SIMS DID NOT make a decision on the trip and said the plan is to make one later rather than sooner.

"I told (WSU) I'm going to make my decision in February...Oklahoma, I'm going to this upcoming weekend and then West Virginia just started talking to me Thursday, my coach told me he thinks they're going to offer. They told me they really liked my film, I sent it out Monday and Thursday those two coaches called me," said Sims.

Ole MIss, SDSU and San Jose have all offered, though it could be more down to the trio of WSU, Oklahoma and West Virginia at this point.

SIMS SAID IN Washington State's favor was that it was a great official visit to WSU. But a potential challenge to WSU's efforts on Sims is that he, originally out of Gainesville High in Florida, may end up wanting to play somewhat closer to Florida so his parents can see him play. Butte College is about 75 miles north of Sacramento.

"They haven't been able to see me play since my senior year in high school. But I'm still soaking everything in and trying to decide what's (most important) to me," said Sims.

Sims has 3-to-play-2 at the next level and is on pace to graduate in May.

"My grades are decent so I can go wherever," said Sims.

Here's the rundown on Sims efforts at the NorCal combine earlier this summer:
A stand out in testing and in the one-on-ones and 7-on-7 too. Our coaching staff liked what they saw of Sims. Here's a quote from Butte offensive coordinator Robbie Snelling: "David started the first two games and had over 200 yards and he was off to a big season for us and then he got a stress-fracture in his leg and had to sit out for a while. When he came back he was really a guy we relied on and this year we expect huge things from him. He ran a 4.38 this spring at the Chabot combine. He's got great size and speed combo and he'll be a guy who can be really successful at the next level."

David Sims profile
For some video highlights of Sims in action, click here.