When college recruiters make their stops in evaluating the state of Virginia’s 2010 recruiting class, the first stop likely is Oscar Smith High School (Chesapeake, VA). The Tigers boast two top juniors, including one – quarterback Phillip Sims – who promises to be one of the most highly recruited prospects in the country. As a sophomore last season, the 6-2, 215-pound standout threw for 2,797 yards and 33 touchdowns.
“He has got written offers from about 20 or 30 head coaches, from conferences like the SEC and the ACC and the Big East,” Morgan said of Sims, who has led Oscar Smith to a 9-0 record this season. “I’m sure more will come. Mike Groh came down to one of our practices. Alabama was at our game where he threw six touchdowns a few weeks ago. Based on what coaches tell me, he is the best quarterback prospect in the country. Now I haven’t seen the other kids, but it is hard for me to imagine I could find somebody better than Phillip.”
What separates Sims from other high school quarterbacks?
“For one, he is very intelligent about the game of football,” Morgan answered. “He understands coverages and pass protections. He calls his own pass protections. He is very intelligent. Physically speaking, he has improved his strength and his footwork, but I think his arm strength is number one. I’ve never played against a player or coached a player with his arm strength.”
A college decision seems very unlikely to come any time soon, but Sims has traveled to a handful of Division 1A programs already, including Clemson, Georgia, Maryland and West Virginia. For now, though, he is just beginning to evaluate his options and sift through the many scholarship offers.
“He has got pretty good idea of what he wants to do in this process, I think,” Morgan said. “Right now, he is really just talking to everybody. Phillip is interested in everybody, but he has been straightforward with some coaches about what he is looking for. He is not looking to go to an I-formation system where he hands it off all the time. That is not the style he wants to be in. He is looking for certain things.”
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