Alabama commitment Sims shows up at UT camp

Had the Sims family had their druthers, Blake Sims would have come to Tennessee’s skill-position camp unnoticed.

No chance.

The Alabama commitment from Gainesville (Ga.) High School lit up message boards from Knoxville to Tuscaloosa before he even lined up for a workout with the Vols on Tuesday.

“Right now I’m still with Alabama,” said Sims, who committed to the Crimson Tide in early April but was a surprise addition to the 200-plus at UT’s camp.

Sims’ commitment seems tenuous considering he will likely be back in Knoxville for another visit.

“Yeah that’s a possibility,” said the 6-foot, 180-pound Sims. “I’ll probably come back up.”

Sims, who plays quarterback but will likely play receiver in college, is also considering a trip to Georgia and will likely take a return trip to Alabama.

“But other than that I don’t know,” Sims said.

Sims’ family first declined interview requests for their son then relented following Tuesday’s camp. Sims was wearing bright red sneakers and his mother was dressed in almost all red.

Despite the Alabama fashion statement, Sims said he was impressed with his time on UT’s campus.

“It was good,” he said. “It was good to compete. That’s one thing I like to do the most. Other than that, I like the coaches. I like everything. It’s a good community out here.”

Sims began the afternoon drills watching from the sideline until UT coach Lane Kiffin urged him to participate. Following a quick change of clothes, Sims was ready.

“There’s a lot of good kids out there,” Sims said. “Sometimes I come out here to show I’m the best. That’s what I showed the Tennessee coaches, that I was the best and that’s what happened.”

Sims was one of a handful of prospects named an MVP by UT’s coaching staff.

“I like them,” Sims said. “They’re all real cool. It seems like they all get along.”

Sims said he was also impressed with the intensity of UT’s drills.

“I like it,” Sims said. “Their intensity can make the practice even better, make the season better and make the players even want to play for them even harder.”

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voloffaith writes:

Dressed in red basically says it all......but the ink isn't on anyones scholly papers so the drama continues til next Feb.

BamaSuxFlaSwallows writes:

Lets steal as many as we can get!

amstelman writes:

Tell your bama buddies to fear the orange of the future.

TSNSD4UT writes:

If he's a goodern will take him.

TXTN writes:

"Right now, I'm still with Alabama."

Sounds like an awfully unstable commitment, but I'd say they all are at this point in the game. Interesting, but nothing to get too excited about right now. I wonder what Mr. Satan will think about this little visit. Didn't he pretty much ban his committed players from visiting UT last year?

BigOrangeInCarolina writes:

Satan probably gave him some spending cash and an Escalade, then sent him up to spy on things. Sounds like to me, though, that he's sorta wishy-washy about where he wants to go. Maybe he'll become a Vol!

RockyTop1_old writes:

He's probably in trouble with the Tide now!! GO VOLS!!

chad_t31 writes:

This can't make Satan happy.

TD_4_UT writes:

Hey Hooker, who were some of the other QB's at UT? Just give us a peek man. Do any VOL fans have any real info today? I can understand when there is no news, but with camp going on there should be plenty of news to report.

Greer_Vol_22 writes:

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musicjl#606296 writes:

Any news about other recruits at the camp? Any other QBs?

OrangeMan_86 writes:

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chad_t31 writes:

in response to gatorz6:

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Don't u have summer school or something, brain scientist??

jeffersongavol writes:

The red shoes and clothing probably didn't mean anything at all. Gainesville's schools colors are Scarlett Red & Silver, not Crimson.

IndianOutlaw writes:

Kaplan any chance of ridding us of the ripe Gatorz again.
Thanks u know it's coming just a matter of time. Do it now and force him to change again.

Bigger_Al writes:

Tuscaloosa papers will write similar articles when Jacques Smith goes to camp at Alabama. Nothing to get excited or discouraged about.

Now, if Tuscaloosa John Adams shows up at a Birmingham newspaper for an interview, then we can all get excited!!

teampenny#658108 writes:

Until they sign anything is fair. Wish we stole a QB from someone. Go Vols

Vol43 writes:

in response to Orange_A_Holic:

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Orange, we talked about this. Could it be possible that 'zz', 789 and dc are not real lopers, but kns employees who purposely post to create action? It's plausable.

Vol43 writes:

I mean think about it. Do you really think these guys, if they were real, would spend their entire day and night on a football site other than their own? Doubtfully.

sameolvolalum writes:

I've heard that Munchie is the real thing. Also, who else looked good @qb?

fpcoach writes:

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why don't they just get their computer geek, if they have one, to block his IP address.

Vol43 writes:

One thing it does, it creates action. Could you imagine the volume of posts if something big happened? We'd have to shut 'er down. What if we beat the Gators? That would be a day to remember. F um.

sameolvolalum writes:

in response to Vol43:

Orange, we talked about this. Could it be possible that 'zz', 789 and dc are not real lopers, but kns employees who purposely post to create action? It's plausable.

I've been sayin' this for the last few weeks. Let's face it. The spelling and grammar is better than decent and the timing of their posts, as well as the TME SPENT posting, seems to involve someone awfully dedicated to GVX. Heck. Wouldn't they spend at least a LITTLE time on their own fan sites? Methinks, as well, that there's a rat in the pantry.

Volomatic writes:

He's got a good arm just short for QB. Kind of a shame looks like he could really run option style offense. But know I can see him doing some real nice thing out of the slot on a slant and making people miss. Rivals only has him as a 3* and listed as an athlete. Would be a nice pickup to try and get a better QB. Let them know they have someone to throw to and block for them, they will come

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4MknL...

KingPeazy writes:

in response to sameolvolalum:

I've been sayin' this for the last few weeks. Let's face it. The spelling and grammar is better than decent and the timing of their posts, as well as the TME SPENT posting, seems to involve someone awfully dedicated to GVX. Heck. Wouldn't they spend at least a LITTLE time on their own fan sites? Methinks, as well, that there's a rat in the pantry.

hi

sameolvolalum writes:

For whatever reason, whenever I punch in "suggest removal" for the trolls and hit the "yes" icon,I'm required to log in and, when I do, it simply reverts to the "do you really want to do this?". I hit "yes" again and it repeats the log-in routine--over and over again. Is anyone else having this problem?

cobbwebb writes:

what do you guys think will come out of this camp first? commitments, or secondary violations! my guess is the bama kid is a spy, sent by saban! maybe the ol trick backfired, and the kid really had a good time, and liked the coaching staff! didnt saban do this a couple months ago with the richardson kid? isnt that how the smoke machine thing was started?

Volomatic writes:

3/4 of this thread is everyone talking about everyone talking to interlopers and phooey. If your not going to post about the article dont post period its just as bad having to scroll through your phooey as much as the interlopers.

Now back to the story Scout has this kid as 4* QB. I dont think ALA is recruiting him for that more for the next big wideout. But he also plays BB and is pretty good at that also. If he is wanting to be a dual sport athlete He will have a better chance at ala, Dont think our staff will let that happen

belayvol writes:

in response to TD_4_UT:

Hey Hooker, who were some of the other QB's at UT? Just give us a peek man. Do any VOL fans have any real info today? I can understand when there is no news, but with camp going on there should be plenty of news to report.

List of QB's who planned to attend.

Stephen Curtis – Pro-style QB
Nick Hirschman (maybe) - Pro-style QB
Joseph Brennan (maybe) - Pro-style QB
Bo Wallace - Pro-style QB
Jesse Scroggins - Pro-style QB
Stephen Kaiser - Pro-style QB
Blake Bortles - Pro-style QB
Stephen Morris – Dual-Threat QB
Darian Stone - Dual-Threat QB
Chase Rettig - Pro-style QB
Coty Blanchard - Pro-style QB

Gabriel Henderson - Dual-Threat QB
Tommy Rees - Pro-style QB
Munchie Legeaux - Dual-Threat QB
David Piland - Pro-style QB
Mason Espinosa - Pro-style QB
Barry Brunetti - Dual-Threat QB
Luke Colbert - Pro-Style QB
Matt Sandlin - Pro-Style QB
Tyler Brosius - Pro-Style QB
Michael Strauss - QB

Remember the name Rees.

Go4Two writes:

College Football live had a nice show on the Vols. Peyton did a great job promoting the program

pammyvol1000 writes:

in response to Go4Two:

College Football live had a nice show on the Vols. Peyton did a great job promoting the program

Darn.. I forgot to DVR that one.

Slystone writes:

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Not as good as the current guy we got. His connects withthe player unfortunately,lol.

Volomatic writes:

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Nance is a decent QB. Dont know about the next great NFL qb, long way from that. He has good accuracy, but not a whole lot of power behind his throws. The little quick screens seem to be slow to make it there, and the 6-9 yard crossing routes seem to float a little and not zipped in. They still make it there and he still has his senior yr. to get stronger. I would still offer him. He reminds me alot of John Parker Wilson, with alot more mobility. Can manage a good game, But not really be a 300 yards a game passer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJtlPT...

belayvol writes:

Auburn commits secondary violations at it's camp? You decide.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6TDx2...

pammyvol1000 writes:

In the photos.. is that Sims wearing a Tennessee t-shirt? Or did they all wear them? Just curious.

txvolsfan writes:

The thing I keep picking up on that really gets my attention is: Everyone is talking about the intensity of the workouts and the drills. It's a freaking camp and there is a lot of intensity. I'm really liking this staff and the way they go about their business.
GO VOLS
TXVOLSFAN

Volomatic writes:

in response to Orange_A_Holic:

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No prob. But I did have the right one. Scout has him ranked as the 15th best qb in the country

http://hsgeorgia.scout.com/a.z?s=37&a...

ColeTrickle writes:

red shoes hmmm...is Alabubba giving out free shoes to recruits? sounds like a possible recruiting violation to me. One thing I have found out though, you can not trust anything a recruit says to the media until after he signs the dotted line. cant read too far into the hype. its way too early too tell. but i would say we have a chance at the least.

belayvol writes:

Link to unedited video with Trooper Taylor doing announcing.

http://www.oanow.com/oan/sports/colle...

sameolvolalum writes:

in response to Orange_A_Holic:

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Thanks. Maybe it's because I live in South Carolina. 'Lonely or Vol fans down here.

Rockytop38 writes:

He's not solid Bama' until he signs on the dotted line.
I've seen commitments change their mind on signing day.
The fact that he is here means something is going around in his mind.

old_number1 writes:

in response to robvols:

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Rob, the 'banning of the trolls' lasted about as long as it takes me to sneeze! I'm up on facebook, so email me with what I need to do for the site.

Belay, I hope you hang in here with us. You always have great posts.

Everyone , it looks like We still have to be vigilent!! DON'T RESPOND TO THE TROLLS!! Join us at the Vol Elite. If We can get everyone on board, We can make a difference.

Post that you will join us, I'll put you on our list. We got some results with our first run of Elite posters. JUST IGNORE THE TROLLS!!

chad_t31 writes:

in response to Orange_A_Holic:

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Maybe u shouldn't worry about other ppl's replies.

kiffownsfla writes:

in response to biggestutfan:

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Is this phil simms boy or no?

HallowedHill writes:

Dorothy had red shoes and she didn't end up at Bama - it's not over until he faxes his letter.

allvol32 writes:

in response to Orange_A_Holic:

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I think that the Sports Dept. responds to this link:

http://www.govolsxtra.com/staff/depar...

This is likely a good link to report posters that do nothing but detract from good discussion and reasonable banter and drag the whole site down.

belayvol writes:

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Thanks Rob.

old_number1 writes:

in response to Orange_A_Holic:

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Orange, It just hit me! you can name the other puppie Rivals!! Get it- Scout and Rivals!!

oldvolsfan writes:

in response to gatorz6:

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you are so dumb that your name gets lost so numnuts you just make up another hoping no one will know you

old_number1 writes:

in response to Orange_A_Holic:

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Yes, as far as I can tell. But I kind of felt like I was walking in the dark. So bear with me for a few days.

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