Where will ex-Houston RB Charles Sims land?

By Weston Wilson
NCAA Football: North Texas at Houston
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Former standout running back for the University of Houston, Charles Sims will be making a decision soon as to transfer to another program to play his last year or enter this years NFL supplemental draft.

Sims averaged six yards on 142 carries for 851 yards and 11 touchdowns last year for the Cougars.  He also averaged 10.1 yards on 37 receptions for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

Because Sims has already graduated, he is eligible to play immediately if he chooses to transfer and play his senior year at another program.  It’s unclear as to which school is leading for the services of Sims, but according to Rivals.com, he was recruited by Boise State, Texas Tech and University of Texas- El Paso out of high school.  Sims is eligible to transfer to any school that offers a graduate degree that the University of Houston does not, with the exception of the Southeastern Conference who does not allow graduate transfers.

Sims spoke of his transfer and NFL supplemental draft options to CougarsDen.com. He said:

“I don’t know what my next step will be. I have one more year of eligibility; therefore, I may look to play (1) more year of college football or I may enter the NFL Supplemental Draft later this year.”

One program stands out in Sims’ search for a new school if he chooses to go that route: Texas Tech. Assistant coaches Eric Morris (inside receivers) and Lee Hays (offensive line) as well as strength and conditioning coach Chad Dennis all coached Sims at the University of Houston.  There’s reason to think that this connection could pay off for the Red Raiders coaching staff in landing Sims.

The Red Raiders already have a strong group of running backs in Kenny Williams, who rushed for 824 yards, and DeAndre Washington, who is recovering from an ACL tear which occurred in the 2011 season. But they could always use another experienced play maker in the backfield.

Sims should be making a decision within the next week as the NFL supplemental draft approaches.  Although there’s no set date, the supplemental draft usually occurs around the first week of June.  Sims will have to make a difficult decision to either continue his education by starting a graduate degree with another program and possibly enter the 2014 NFL draft after next season, or take a chance in being drafted in the supplemental draft this year.

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