Darrius Sims' mother can't help it. She has a rooting interest in where her son plays college football.
“There's a good chance of me going to Vanderbilt because of my mom,” the athlete from Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven said.
That's because Sims' mother, who is now a teacher, graduated from Vandy. Now that her son has a scholarship to her alma mater, it's hard not to exert a little influence.
“It would actually mean a lot,” Sims said. “My mom is in my ear almost everyday about 'Choose Vandy. Choose Vandy'. I listen to her but I've also got to make a decision for myself. She's not going to be there with me. It's taking a toll.”
Sims, who is usually smiling, is handling recruiting quite well, even though he wishes the process would move a bit quicker. And make no mistake, Sims isn't opposed to pursing college football as a Commodore.
“I like Vanderbilt because I can get a good education out of it and I can also play football,” he said.
Aside from Vanderbilt, Sims has scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Memphis, Arkansas State, Cincinnati and Mississippi State.
Sims is also being recruited by Tennessee but as for now said Vandy and Ole Miss are his two main considerations.
Sims said he likes the coaching staff at Ole Miss, which is headed up by first-year Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze, who has strong ties in the Memphis community after coaching high school football there for years.
“Ole Miss is building a new program,” Sims said. “I like what they're trying to build up there."