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