Houston Cougars running back Charles Sims is anticipated to be one of the most watched ball-carriers in college football this season. With many NFL scouts having him high up on their running back draft boards, that’s not all that surprising.
And, he will indeed have a lot of eyes on him–just not in a Cougar uniform.
Sims was granted his release from the University of Houston Thursday. Now, with the senior having received his degree in Physical Education in May from the school, he will be eligible to be on the field immediately, wherever he so chooses to play–which as expected, has its limits.
While not as drastic as the restrictions that the Oklahoma State Cowboys put on QB Wes Lunt recently, there are restrictions present nonetheless. Sims was informed that he cannot go to any other school in the American Athletic Conference, the place in which Houston will begin its membership this season. He is also forbidden from transferring to an institution that is a part of the Cougars’ 2013 schedule. And lastly, he can’t take his talents to any other school in the state of Texas, at neither the FBS nor FCS level.
Again, not as drastic as Wes Lunt not being to play anywhere in the continental United States, but still pretty stiff.
As it stands right now, even as early in this process as we are, the one school that has been heavily thrown around as a rumored destination is the West Virginia Mountaineers. WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen is a former Houston offensive coordinator, and Sims’ versatility that has garnered him so much attention among the NFL scouting community would be a tremendous addition to the Mountaineers’ fast-paced offense.
Should Sims land there, then two of West Virginia’s key offensive pieces this season could wind up being transfers, as his QB could be former Florida State Seminoles signal-caller, Clint Trickett.