All-Conference USA running back Charles Sims transferring to West Virginia

All-Conference USA running back Charles Sims transferring to West Virginia

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer Houston running back Charles Sims will transfer to West Virginia.

simsSims arrived in Morgantown for his official visit on Thursday and made his decision before he left campus.

An All-Conference USA selection and Houston’s leading rusher last season, Sims asked for and received his release from the Cougars last month. He has already graduated with a degree in Health Education and is eligible to play immediately.

Sims wanted to transfer to Texas Tech, but Houston would not allow his release to any school in the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East), on Houston’s 2013 schedule or in the state of Texas.

With his options limited, he also considered Cal before making his decision.

A powerful runner and excellent receiver out of the backfield, West Virginia appears to be an excellent fit.

The 6-foot, 215-pound Sims battled ankle and leg injuries throughout last season. Despite missing three games, he earned second team All-Conference USA honors in 2012. He led the Cougars with 851 rushing yards on 142 attempts and scored 11 touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

NFLDraftScout.com rates Sims the fifth-best running back in the 2013 draft class. He considered leaving for the NFL this year, but decided to return for his senior season and was expected to be fully healthy in 2013.

Since rumblings of Sims’ decision to leave Houston began to surface on Wednesday, there has been speculation that he may enter the 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft this summer. A source close to the situation says that he intends to transfer, most likely to Texas Tech, however.

Though no decision has been announced yet, Sims graduated from UH last weekend with a degree in health and would be eligible immediately.

Sims was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 2009 after accumulating 1,457 total yards and averaging over five yards per carry.

Sims sat out the 2010 season due to an academic issue and was later granted a redshirt. He returned in 2011 for what would be his best season with the Cougars. He averaged a whopping 7.5 yards per carry, totaling 1,409 yards despite splitting time seniors in Bryce Beall and Michael Hayes.

In three seasons at Houston, Sims rushed 384 times for 2,370 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and 29 touchdowns. He caught 158 passes for 1,707 yards and eight scores.

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