Orchard Lake St. Mary's two sport star Dion Sims is very much wanted by the Michigan State Spartans, but he knows there is a ticking clock that may not be the same as his own personal timetable for a decision.
Michigan State appears to be down to its last two or three scholarships and they want to use them wisely. Sims is an impact prospect at the pivotal tight end position for the Spartans.
MSU envisions a solid offensive front spearheaded by freshman All-American Joel Foreman, and redshirt freshman Jared McGaha of Powell, TN and Lake Orion's Ethan Ruhland, combining with incoming freshman David Barrent of West Des Moines, Iowa, Dan France of North Royalton, OH, Lansing Sexton's Micajah Reynolds.
Now imagine Sims lining up as a tight end with that group, with either Edwin Baker or Larry Caper of perhaps both in the backfield next to Kirk Cousins. That could be the formula for a Big Ten Championship.
That scenario could play itself out as Sims prepares for his official visit to MSU tonight. He will be joining a group of mostly players already committed to Michigan State and recently, sources close to Sims admit he's done some real soul-searching.
He has cut his favorites list down to only two for football, Michigan State and Miami.
He'll be in East Lansing this week and on January 23rd, plans to take a visit to Miami, where he has some family ties and a long standing relationship with former MSU and now Miami coach Jeff Stoutland.
Sims has decided to save the other three official visits to schools that are interested in him as a basketball player only.
The 6-foot-8 power forward is one of the top candidates for the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball award, given to the best basketball player in the State of Michigan.
Still, with MSU down to just a few scholarships left to give, Sims knows he must speed up his timetable or risk being left out in the cold, especially with the re-emergence in the recruiting pool of some players who seemed to be off the board just weeks ago.
Among those is Chicago Leo Catholic defensive tackle Lendell Buckner who committed to the Illini almost a year ago, but who is talking to other schools after a shakeup on the Illinois coaching staff.
Buckner is a four-star prospect who could play immediately. Getting a player like that would be hard for MSU or any school to turn down. Another is Justice Cunningham, a 6-foot-3, 232-pound tight end/defensive end from Pageland, SC, who committed to South Carolina, and who possesses a skillset that is similar to Sims.
Cunningham is set for a January 24th visit to MSU, but is wavering as to whether he actually make the visit.
A commitment from either player could leave MSU with just one or perhaps zero scholarship available.
It is uncertain exactly how many scholarships MSU still has left, but current numbers indicate its probably two or less.
Sims has told the MSU coaching staff how much he likes them, but it's getting to the point where the rubber meets the road, and he'll have to do more than just talk, he'll need to commit.
He has said he will visit Miami no matter what happens this weekend - a move that seems risky if he really wants to play where his family can watch his collegiate career - but he wants something to compare the MSU experience against.
It'll be interesting to see if MSU can land a player who could make a difference on both the gridiron and the hardwood.