Back in early December, Corvallis prospect Jesse Sims de-committed from Oregon State, University where he had planned to play college football, after head coach Mike Riley left for Nebraska.
Almost six weeks later, he’s coming closer to making a decision — again — to where he will take his football talents. But not quite yet.
“There’s honestly not a whole lot new since then,” Sims said Monday evening after a Corvallis basketball practice. “Still just waiting to see what kind of coaching staff they’ll put in.”
The “they” in that statement is of course Oregon State, where Sims said he’d still like to play. An NCAA Division-I program in the Pac-12 Conference, the Beavers were Sims’s first choice when he committed back in August and they’d still be now.
But Sims wants to play tight end and he needs to make sure the Beavers still want him. New head coach Gary Anderson runs a different offense and Sims is uneasy about the role — or possible lack thereof — that tight ends might play in the system.
In the meantime Pac-12 schools like USC and Arizona State are courting the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder, as well as Nebraska. But he’s keeping his options open, too.
Sims will make official recruiting visits to Montana’s two D-I FCS programs this month. He visits Montana State this coming weekend, Jan. 16-17. He’ll be in Missoula the next weekend, Jan. 23-24, to see the program at Montana and new head football coach Bob Stitt.
Could the locals pull off the coup and snag this once promising Pac-12 prospect? We should know soon enough.
National signing day is right around the corner, Feb. 4.