Update (Monday afternoon): Phillip Sims appears to have his new home near his old one. ESPN is confirming the speculation by reporting the former Alabama quarterback will land at Virginia. Click here for that report.
Take a look back at the relatively brief Alabama career of top recruit Phillip Sims …
After months of rumor and speculation, Alabama officially lost its quarterback insurance policy Friday afternoon.
Former top recruit Phillip Sims announced his intention to transfer less than a year after losing the battle for the starting job. The redshirt freshman competed with AJ McCarron straight through the 2011 opener before settling into a backup role. His destination remains unclear.
Sims’ departure leaves Alabama with just one scholarship quarterback on campus. Phillip Ely redshirted his freshman year last fall while incoming newcomer Alec Morris will report this summer.
For Sims, the decision to leave was “very difficult,” but one that needed to be made.
“The reason for me leaving is nothing more than a personal matter,” Sims said in a statement released by Alabama.
“I just need to be closer to home to support my family at this time and that needs to be my priority right now. I would still like to continue my football career, and hopefully I can do that and also be there for my family.”
A Chesapeake, Va., native, Sims came to Alabama in 2010 as one of the top recruits in the nation. Both Rivals and Scout recruiting services rated him the second-best quarterback in the class. Sims enrolled early to get a head start on school and football.
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