November 1, 2010

Ole Miss interested in dual-threat JUCO QB

Antavius Sims is in his second year on the West Coast, and while he's enjoying it, the do-it-all athlete could be headed back to the South for his final two years of college.

Sims (6-foot-3, 200) is originally from Americus, Ga., but when he didn't see significant offers out of high school, the two-way threat settled on Ventura College as his junior college destination.

With the Pirates, Sims has feasted on defenses and is accumulating plenty of stats as the Ventura quarterback.

Through eight games, Sims has rushed for 842 yards and 13 touchdowns and passed for 1,496 yards and 10 scores. He also sees occasional snaps as a safety, where he has two tackles and a pass break-up.

Sims' ability has several major colleges interested.

Florida International is the only school to offer Sims, so far, but Ole Miss, Kansas State and Washington are all recruiting him. Being from the Peach State, Sims says the Rebels are an intriguing option.

"FIU is still No. 1 because they have offered, but Ole Miss is a big possibility," Sims said. "They are waiting a while, but I plan to take a visit there. I'll take all my visits around Christmas."

Ole Miss is recruiting Sims for both sides of the ball, and his preference is actually defense.

"I just really think safety fits my skills the best," Sims said. "But they want me to come in and do both, so that's cool. I talked to them last night. My main position was safety in high school, but then I get here, and have been successful at quarterback. I've gotten better at it. I can definitely run, and the throwing has come along - so much better."

Ventura runs an offense that can be compared to top-ranked Oregon. If Sims chooses a school that wants him at quarterback, a system similar to the Ducks is a must. Ole Miss has incorporated read option and spread formations into its offense this season to accommodate transfer quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

Other UM scholarship quarterbacks include sophomore drop-back passer Nathan Stanley and junior dual-threat quarterback Randall Mackey, who is currently in a redshirt season.

"I know they changed things up there for Masoli," Sims said. "I'm pretty sure it's what it's going to be next year also. That kind of offense is what I have to be looking for."

Sims is on track to graduate in May and said he would make a decision following the season and his visits.

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian visited Ventura back in September and will need a quarterback to replace senior Jake Locker.

"I just need to review everything and see what's what after the season," Sims said. "Hopefully I'll have some options."

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