Atlanta (GA) Westlake cornerback Myles “Spider” Sims publicly committed to Michigan on Friday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and USC, among others.
Sims is 6’2″, 173 lbs. He claims a 4.73 forty.
ESPN: 4-star, 80 grade, #17 CB, #211 overall
Rivals: 4-star, #8 CB, #51 overall
Scout: 4-star, #11 CB, #80 overall
247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #38 CB, #389 overall
Hit the jump for more on his commitment.
Sims was offered by Michigan in May of 2016. Things really heated up after he visited campus in March of 2017, and he came away from that visit rumored to be a silent commitment. Though he fielded offers from numerous big-time programs, it was the Wolverines who stuck out to him.
Sims is the tall, lanky cornerback that Michigan has come to favor since Jim Harbaugh arrived in Ann Arbor. He uses that length to disengage from blockers well, and it also allows him to stay attached to receivers and break up passes that shorter corners may not. One of his biggest strengths is his ability to locate the ball in the air when in man coverage. He does a good job of reading the receivers’ routes and eyes, and then he reacts appropriately, getting his head around to make a play. Sims is willing to be physical in the passing game and against the run, though his slight frame needs to be reinforced through strength training. You can see in his highlights some plays he makes against Cartersville High School and quarterback Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), whom I ranked as the #1 QB Michigan has offered in 2018 (LINK); look for the plays in which there’s a giant “C” at midfield.
On the negative side, Sims plays a little high at times and can have trouble changing direction. He needs to improve his backpedal. He needs to add strength in order to tackle Big Ten running backs and receivers, and he will need to learn better man coverage technique in order to prevent receivers from getting clean releases. He also lacks top-end speed, though he does have good leaping ability to make up for some slight athletic shortcomings.
Overall, I probably agree with ESPN most closely, with Sims looking like a top 200-ish prospect. Channing Stribling appears to be a good approximation, as Stribling was also athletically limited in some ways, but he was still able to play at a high level despite that fact. Good size combined with a decent modicum of athleticism makes for a solid cornerback with this coaching staff.
Michigan now has four commitments in the 2018 class, as Sims joins Indiana OG Emil Ekiyor, Georgia LB/S Otis Reese, and Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson. The Wolverines have been making inroads in the Peach State over the past couple recruiting cycles, landing Reese, Aubrey Solomon, and Kurt Taylor.
TTB Rating: 81 (ratings explanation)
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