Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven cornerback and Vanderbilt commit Darrius Sims had been to Commodores games in the past, but on Saturday he took in his first-ever game as a commit. He picked a good weekend to do it, as Vanderbilt beat Auburn in front of a near-capacity crowd.
"The atmosphere was great," Sims said. "The fans were really into the game and I think it really helped the team get the victory."
Sims, who is still planning to take his official visit after the season, said he enjoyed taking in the game day experience a lot more as a member of the program.
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"I always enjoy seeing the city and seeing the players and the campus," he said. "But it was a little different knowing I'm part of it now. I had breakfast with some of my future teammates and went through some of the pregame rituals and I really felt at home."
Sims added that he was happy to see the Commodores pull off the win over Auburn, a perennial SEC power.
"That win really separated them from Auburn," Sims said. "Vanderbilt has played one of the toughest schedules so far this season and even in their toughest games they played well, even if they came up short."
Earlier this month Sims said he planned to take all five of his official visits, but he backed off that stance after his trip to Nashville.
"If I feel the need to take an official visit I will but right now probably not," he said. "I'm just planning on taking one to Vanderbilt sometime soon."