Dion Sims Could Contribute This Fall

Dion Sims Could Contribute This Fall

"I like playing offense, but maybe defensive end is where I'll get on the field," said Sims when we talked about the logjam at the tight end position where Brian Linthicum, Garrett Celek and Charlie Gantt are all solid contributors.

YPSILANTI, MI - We caught up with incoming freshman recruit Dion Sims in Ypsilanti a few days ago as family and friends gathered to wish Dion well on his graduation and his upcoming move to East Lansing to become part of the Spartan family.

Dion, along with his father Donald and his stepmom, Daphne, were very happy with his decision to become a Spartan.

Don was particulary happy about the way football head coach Mark Dantonio and basketball coach Tom Izzo extended themselves to make Dion feel comfortable trying to be a two-sport athlete at the next level.

Sims was among the top five vote getters for the Mr. Basketball award that went to another future Spartan, Derrick Nix of Pershing.

He certainly was among the top ten players in the state of Michigan, despite suffering a knee injury in the fall that kept him out of the lineup for most of the season for the Eaglets.

At 6-9 and about 230-pounds, Sims has the kind of quickness and agility that could help him hit the ground running as a pass rushing defensive end.

"I like playing offense, but maybe defensive end is where I'll get on the field," said Sims when we talked about the logjam at the tight end position where Brian Linthicum, Garrett Celek and Charlie Gantt are all solid contributors.

"I like that idea," said the older Sims, who think his son has the body type to be a force as a pass rusher.

"I'll be moving up around the middle of July," said Dion, "and I hope to get used to the environment quickly so that I can get on the field to contribute any way I can."

Sims knows there is a chance that he might be red-shirted and understands, but this kid looks and fits the part of someone who could like up with his hand in the sand and get after the opposing passer.


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