Two days after the University of Alabama football team won the national title, Gainesville High senior quarterback Blake Sims has reconsidered his earlier commitment to play for the Crimson Tide. Gainesville High coach Bruce Miller got a call from Blake's father, Sonny Sims, on Friday night to let him know the news.
According to Miller, Sims could still commit to Alabama again before national signing day on Feb. 3. Sims has been committed to Alabama verbally since April 4 of last year, but received a lot of attention from University of Georgia coaches during the fall.
"This may open the door to Georgia back up," Miller said.
Sims played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and caught one pass as a wide receiver last Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. During his two years as Gainesville's quarterback, he finished with 6,591 yards of total offense and accounted for 49 touchdowns as a senior alone.
According to Gainesville assistant coach Todd Wofford, Sims was being recruited as primarily a defensive back by Alabama, but also as a wide receiver, quarterback, running back and punt returner. On top of that, Sims saw Crimson Tide sophomore receiver Julio Jones catch only one pass in the national championship victory over Texas.
"The more Blake thought about it, the more he was thinking he wants to keep touching the ball," Wofford said.
Sims has official offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee and West Virginia, among others.