Former University of Houston running back Charles Sims will transfer to West Virginia for his senior season.
Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston broke the news on Friday:
In a subsequent report, Berman logs what Sims had to say about the decision, noting that Sims also considered UCLA before Thursday's official visit to Morgantown:
I'm familiar with the offense, and I just felt comfortable at West Virginia. I'm familiar with their schemes and what they have going. It feels real good to make this decision...It's the next step in my life. I just want to hurry up and get back to what I do.
Sims left the Cougars program approximately a month ago, and it wasn't clear precisely what his intentions were with regard to where he would play football in 2013.
As Berman points out, though, since Sims has already graduated with his degree in health education from Houston, he doesn't have to sit out a year in transferring.
It will mark Sims' fifth and final year of collegiate eligibility. Had he gone back to Houston—as he originally intended according to a January announcement, per the university's official athletics website—he would have been the top returning rusher in Conference USA.
As he said in the aforementioned statement, the National Football League has always been Sims' ultimate goal, which is why he nearly declared for the draft following his junior campaign.
ESPN's Matt Fortuna documented another public address Sims made not long after he left the Cougars.
Sims outlined two prospective options at that time: He intended to either play one more year of collegiate football or try his luck in the NFL supplemental draft. Now, it's clear that he's made up his mind to choose the former and take his talents to West Virginia.
Sims is indeed a promising pro prospect, and he should have plenty of opportunities to be a playmaker for the Mountaineers in Dana Holgorsen's spread attack.
The carries should only increase, since last year's dynamic receiving duo of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey are now teammates for the NFL's St. Louis Rams. Prolific Mountaineers QB Geno Smith is also gone, now a member of the New York Jets.
At 6'1" and 213 pounds, the dynamic running back has the size to translate to the next level, as well as an enviable combination of agility and speed for his size and innate power. What sets Sims apart, though, is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
In his final year in Houston, Sims missed three games and half of two others with injuries, but he still ran for 851 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 373 yards and three other scores.