With the May evaluation period upon us, many prospects will be narrowing their lists of schools as contact with coaches ensues and official offers are extended. So it comes as no surprise that athlete Marcus Sims from Tallahassee, Fla., narrowed his list to seven finalists in this exclusive interview with Rivals.com.
Sims, the brother of Florida State's Ernie Sims, has the Seminoles on his early list, along with Miami (Fla.), Auburn, LSU, Georgia, Tennessee and Southern Cal.
The aspiring running back (he would rather play offense at the next level), talked about his seven favorites.
Florida State: "I'm from here. I really like the coaches and know that I will feel comfortable with their coaching staff. Coach (FSU assistant coach Kevin) Steele is a great guy and this is a great program."
Miami (Fla.): "They've been getting the best of FSU the last few years. I like the speed and toughness they play with. Coach (Larry) Coker is a great coach."
Auburn: "They had a great year this year. I got up there every year to the passing camp and I've gotten to know the coaches up there real well. They are great guys."
LSU: "I have been liking them ever since Nick Saban came there. Now, they've brought in a lot of new coaches. I really like the new coach that is recruiting me. I know Ryan Perrilloux. He's a guy I would want to play for."
Georgia: "Good program. I went up there for a mini-camp last year and I liked the school a lot. The coaches like me a lot."
Tennessee: "It's a big program. I love the fact that they play in a 100,000-seat stadium. Coach (Pat) Washington is recruiting me and he's a great guy. It's just great."
Southern Cal: "(USC) is a great program. I like the coach that is recruiting me. They are telling me that I have a chance to come in and play early because they are losing so many running backs. It's a great program that I want to check out."
Sims said that he will wait until his football season his complete to narrow his list to five finalists.