January 17, 2011

Sims looking forward to making an impact

Wide receiver Andre Sims Jr. of Brookwood High School in Georgia was one of the first players to commit to Michigan State University last spring. This past weekend the 5-foot-9, 175-pound prospect was in East Lansing for his official visit. SpartanMag.com has the details.

Sims had an outstanding senior season for Brookwood High School. His play as a wide receiver, defensive back and as a return man was important in Brookwood (14-1) capturing the Georgia Class 5A State Championship. For his efforts Sims received plenty of accolades. Sims was named:

  • One of the top 50 players in Georgia (#36)

  • Wide receiver of the Year in Gwinnett County

  • UGASports.com 2nd Team All-State

    UGASports.com had the following to say about Sims after scouting him during the state tournament.

    Andre Sims Jr. WR Brookwood: The Michigan State commitment only had one catch in the game yesterday for 21 yards, but during the week Sims may have been the most impressive player in practice. Sims showcased his elite ability, taking a number of short passes and turning them up field for huge gains. He should be an outstanding return man at the next level, and maybe more.

    Rivals.com rates Sims as a 3-star recruit and the #86 wide receiver in the nation for the class of 2011. He is also rated the #76 player in talent laden Georgia.

    Sims has been to Michigan State several times over the past 18-months. However, this time he got to experience things a bit more up close. We asked him what things stood out to him on the official visit.

    "I think having dinner with the coaches was the best part," Sims stated. "Getting to know them and their families and having a good time. I also really enjoyed hanging with the other players and recruits. My player-host was Keith Mumphery and we spent time with guy like Mylan Hick, Tony Lippett, Darqueze Dennard, Isaiah Lewis, Leveon Bell and a couple of more."

    Making an early commitment often means that players do not get as much hype as those who delay the process. Sims camped at Michigan State this summer and he showed those in attendance just why Michigan State was willing to offer him early and take his commitment. With that said, Sims indicated he is coming to East Lansing with something to prove.

    "They (Michigan State) can expect a player that is going to work hard. Being from the south and not from the north I feel as if I have something to prove. And best believe me, this class coming in is going to show-out," Sims stated.

    Sims has spoken with the Spartan staff on numerous occasions so talking with them this weekend was more about building more rapport.

    "I talked with Coach Dantonio about when I could come up this summer," Sims said. "We talked about other stuff like who I would like to room with and what number I would like to have. He was just seeing how I was doing and checking up on things."

    Making an early commitment to Michigan State gave Sims an opportunity to follow the team as they went 11-1 and won the Big Ten Championship. Sims talked about that aspect.

    "Following the team was great," Sims said. "Every time they played, me and my family could hardly stay in our seats. We were all decked out in green at my house. My parents are very happy about me going to Michigan State."

    Sims will arrive in East Lansing early this summer and is looking forward to working hard to make his mark at Michigan State. Sims knows that Mark Dantonio will play the best players no matter what class, but he also knows that redshirting can often help players develop and open up more opportunities in the future.

    No matter what happens, Sims is excited to be a Spartan and is looking forward to helping do for Michigan State what he did for Brookwood High, win the championship!

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