WR, Class of 2021
Christchurch, Richmond, VA
Admittedly, Christchurch (Va.) three-star wide receiver DJ Sims didn’t grow up a Virginia Tech fan. He paid attention a little more during his eighth and ninth grade years, but before then, the Richmond native was more a fan of Virginia Commonwealth basketball.
Still, Sims had the desire to play in-state, even when he committed to a scholarship from Wake Forest in May. Sims insists he was steadfast with at decision, even when assistant coach Darryl Tapp and Corey Fuller, the Hokies’ assistant director of player personnel, began their own pursuit in September. In the end, though, Sims decided to stay in-state, flipped his commitment and signed his letter of intent Wednesday with Virginia Tech.
Sims said it wasn’t an immediate decision, after the Hokies offered him a scholarship Tuesday, the day before Signing Day. But it wasn’t far behind that.
“What really caused me to commit is the love Coach Fuller and Coach Tapp showed,” Sims said. “They started recruiting me real hard for the past weeks and I told them, I said, ‘I’m with Wake (Forest).’ They kept pushing. They didn’t really care that much, because they really wanted me there and they really showed, and showed to my family as well. I couldn’t resist.
“Virginia Tech has always had a legacy about it. I was wanting to stay home and put on for my hometown state.”
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