University of Houston running back Charles Sims gladdened the hearts of Cougar fans in January when he announced that he was returning for his final season of eligibility, but four months later he changed tacks, making it known that he would not play is final year for UH.
On the heels of that announcement, according to an ESPN report, Sims was told that he could not transfer to a school that Houston faces in 2013, any school in the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East) or any school in the state of Texas. That put an apparent crimp in Sims' plan to attend Texas Tech, and opened up other avenues of investigation for the Cougars' leading rusher. He is reportedly looking at West Virginia and California as possible destinations, but also could still declare for the NFL supplemental draft.
A team making a selection in the supplemental draft forfeits the corresponding pick in next year's NFL Draft, so each front office has to weigh that with the risk of taking a player that often has questions attached. For Sims, that's the injury issue, but he fought through those concerns in 2012 to post solid numbers. Would an NFL team spend a fourth or fifth round pick to secure the top running back in C-USA, and one that was highly rated on several 2014 mock NFL Drafts?
The Supplemental Draft typically occurs in July, but Sims likely won't take that long to make his decision known. If he choosees to remain in college for another year, he probably would want to get on campus as soon as possible to being acclimating himself to his new team.
Sims has already earned his undergraduate degree from Houston, which would make him immediately eligible at any school he chooses to attend. At Houston, he rushed for 2370 yards on 384 attempts (6.2 yards per carry), and was also a serious threat in the passing game, where he caught 158 balls for 1707 yards and eight scores. He averaged 10.8 yards per reception. He scored a total of 27 touchdowns in his three seasons of action (2009-12), a span included a redshirt season in 2010.
Sims was a first team all-Conference USA selection in 2011 and a second team pick in 2012. He was also the league's freshman of the year in 2009. His 2012 season was an injury-marred one, in which he missed three full games and at least half of three others with injuries. When healthy, he was still dominant, averaging 6.0 yards per carry and scoring 11 times for the Cougars.