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August 2, 2011 at 11:19 AM

All signs positive for Sims to make it in

With just six days remaining until the Huskies hit the field for the first time to begin training camp, it appears as if all of UW’s members of the Class of 2011 will make it in.

All of the true freshmen have already been declared good to go, and the last remaining question revolved around JC transfer cornerback/athlete Antavius Sims of Ventura (Calif.) College (see his bio here).

Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian said today that all signs are positive for Sims to be cleared to play for the Huskies this season.

“He is on track, so it looks good,” he said. “I have a pretty good feeling he will be a Husky.”

Mooshagian said Sims has one last class to complete on Thursday. Then, all the transcripts will still have to be approved. But Mooshagian said it appears everything should be in order. UW cannot yet confirm Sims’ eligibility for this season since he has not yet completed all of his work at Ventura.

While Mooshagian said it was possible it might not all be approved for Sims to practice the first day, he said “I’ll be very surprised if he’s not a Husky this fall.”

The 6-2, 200-pounder played quarterback at Ventura last fall but is projected to start out at cornerback for the Huskies to add immediate depth to a spot that grew a little thin in the off-season, specifically due to a knee injury suffered by Adam Long that has his availability for this season in question.

UW coach Steve Sarkisian has also said that Sims could get looks at quarterback in speciality situations, and could also be tried as a returner.

Mooshagian said Sims worked out with the rest of the Ventura College players throughout the summer.

“He played quarterback in seven-on-seven drills and also played cornerback and receiver in the one-on-one drills,” Mooshagian said. “He did a little bit of everything this summer. He’s in good shape and should be able to come in and compete right away. He could be an X factor in a lot of ways — whatever way they need him.”

Mooshagian said UW assistant coach Jimmie Dougherty, who was the lead recruiter for Sims, “did a great job” in making sure Sims was keeping his academic house in order.

“A lot of coaches don’t always follow through like that, but he stayed on it,” Mooshagian said. “He made sure that all the ducks were in a row. Each time we hit a road block, he was there to go check it. And there were a few road blocks, like there always is. But Washington did a good job of just saying ‘we need this, he’s got to do this’ and saying exactly what needed to be done. They had a very good plan.”

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