Loudoun County RB Tariq Sims (Photo: Michael Ferrara/BURG Sports)
Coach Ricky Rahne adds a second commitment on Tuesday as Tariq Sims gives ODU his pledge
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Just three hours after Lake Braddock quarterback Billy Edwards committed to play his collegiate football at Old Dominion, the Monarchs scooped up another notable Northern Virginia prospect when Loudoun County running back/wide receiver Tariq Sims (c/o 2021, 6-0 190) took to Twitter to announce his own intentions of joining the ODU squad.
It wasn’t by coincidence that both players committed on the same day.
Asked on Tuesday evening about how long he has known his decision to commit, the rising Raider senior told recruitNoVA.com, “For a couple weeks actually. I’ve been talking with Billy Edwards a lot and we both have a great connection already and feel that we can change the program and win some games and hopefully a championship.”
Immediately, the addition of the two Northern Virginians gives new Monarch coach Ricky Rahne an early opportunity to smile and hope that more Northern Region players will follow Sims and Edwards to Hampton Blvd.
— Tariq Sims (@tariq_sims2) June 17, 2020
Before heading south next year, Sims, an All-Dulles District selection last season, returns to the Raiders sidelines for one more season, joining quarterback Gavin Pitts to lead a veteran group of playmakers that helped coach Matt Reidenbaugh’s team to a 6-5 record and playoff berth last season.
In ODU, he will find a new football family, which was part of the draw.
Asked what drew him to the Norfolk school, Sims said, “The relationship I have with coach (Tony) Lucas, the running back coach. He’s a great guy and a great coach. We talk almost every day and the school has been technically a dream school of mine.”
Ironically, the Monarchs were the first Division I school to extend an offer, because Sims was already interested. He added, “It was a hard decision, but I’m 1000% sure this is where I want to go, and the whole staff is just welcoming, and I can’t wait to get out there for a game.”
– Jim McGrath