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Phillip Sims discusses the latest

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Recruiting is rapidly picking up for Rivals250 to watch 2010 top quarterback Phillip Sims. Rivals.com caught up with the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder for the latest on his recruitment and more.
"I have offers from Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee, Boston College, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia," he said. "I feel LSU, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Oregon are close to offering. I can't remember the other offers, but I've got around 14 or 15."
Does Sims like anyone?
"Right now I'm pretty wide open," he said. "I'm paying everybody attention. It's early in recruiting and I'm not in a position to write anybody off. A lot of stuff can change. Right now my plan is to announce at whichever All-American game I'll play in. That seems like something neat to do."
While he steps away from naming leaders, Sims is looking to take a few trips in the future.
"I'm going to Alabama over spring break," he said. "I was looking to get down to LSU for a junior day. I've already been to Clemson and Georgia."
Last month Sims participated in the U.S. Army All-American combine. How did that go?
"It was good," he said. "It was a change and I got to play against people I haven't faced before. I was fortunate to have some good receivers in my group. I think I did well throwing accurately and a lot of deep balls.
"I also met a bunch of guys, Evan Hailes was with me and we met Nick Acree, Travis Williams and a bunch of Virginia guys. Virginia was well represented. It was interesting to get different views of recruiting from other players and how they like different schools."
The experience always allows players to see what they want to improve on.
"For me, I want to prepare myself more under center," he said. "I want to be more of a prototypical dropback passer. I want to make reads better and you can always improve your decision making, being quicker and faster."
Back in December, Sims helped lead Oscar Smith to a state title as well and went further on that too.
"It was a crazy feeling," he said. "We expected to be there from the beginning of the season and we came out and did it. We finally made it over the hump and everybody is still on a high.
"It's definitely satisfying. It's a lot of pressure lifted off of us. We've done what others haven't. It's a big deal around here. There are a lot of good teams and good players, but we can say we're the best team in the state."
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