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Virginia Lands Prized Quarterback Transfer Phillip Sims

Phillip Sims is coming home. The former Oscar Smith star will transfer from Alabama back to his native Virginia for the upcoming football season.

April 14, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA;  Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Phillip Sims (14) during the spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE
April 14, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Phillip Sims (14) during the spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

The Virginia Cavaliers won't take the field for a few more months, but they improved greatly this weekn with a pretty huge transfer from one of the biggest programs in the Nation. According to Kevin Dunleavy of the Examiner, former Crimson Tide quarterback and native Virginian Phillip Sims will transfer to UVA this Spring. Sims was one of the highest rated quarterback prospects in the class of 2010.

"Virginia football welcomes Phillip Sims to our family," London said in a statement. "Hopefully he will have a productive career here at U. Va. As his previous accolades have shown."

In Charlottesville, Sims joins Oscar Smith grads Perry Jones (running back) and Tim Smith (wide receiver). The move could hasten the departure of quarterback David Watford, who struggled as a true freshman, sharing snaps early last season with Rocco before playing his way out of the rotation.

Sims will likely have to sit out this year for the Cavaliers, but his presence will bring an interesting dynamic to the quarterback position in 2013. The Cavaliers would have done pretty good to keep this kind of talent home when he was coming out of high school, but getting him back on a transfer is pretty good as well.

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