Alabama Quarterback Phillip Sims Announces Departure from Football Program

Joshua BergeronContributor IIIApril 27, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 3:  Quarterback Phillip Sims #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide calls out coverage's during the game with the Kent State Golden Flashes on September 3, 2011 at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Alabama defeated Kent State 48-7.  (Photo by Greg McWilliams/Getty Images)
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Alabama Quarterback Phillip Sims announced Friday that he will exit the University of Alabama's football program.

While Nick Saban is not sweating about finding another quarterback to fill the gap, the departure will surely impact the next few years of football in Tuscaloosa. Sims came to Alabama as a 4-star prospect, prepared to take the reins in the near future. Nick Saban likewise planned to eventually fill the gap with Sims. Now he is left with Tampa native Phillip Ely in the second slot.

The departure is not a major concern. Nick Saban is the best coach in FBS football. There is no shortage of great quarterbacks willing to go to Alabama. Anyone would play for a chance at a championship or two with Saban. Tide player Eddie Lacy is a Geismar, La. native. Going into Bayou Bengal territory and snatching a top-tier high school player is no easy feat. Nick Saban does it with ease.

But I digress. 

The really important consideration is where Sims is transferring to. Because of Saban's tremendous coaching ability, Sims' two years in Tuscaloosa will be a valuable asset. I feel confident he will be a dominant quarterback wherever he goes.

Sims hinted at some possible choices Friday when he said he wanted to return home.

The reason for me leaving is nothing more than a personal matter. 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.

But where is home for Sims?

Sims hails from Chesapeake, Va., and that is exactly why he will transfer to Virginia Tech. Frank Beamer and the Hokies are always in the BCS national spotlight. If Sims wants to be near home, he would immediately give Beamer a call.

Beamer would welcome Sims with open arms. Although, Sims would still have to sit out for a year.

But when he comes out firing after essentially having two redshirts, Sims will be the most polished first-year starter in recent memory. Not to mention, Sims will be playing for a national powerhouse and maybe a national championship.

Good luck, Phillip. I hope you make the right choice.