Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims (14) looks for a receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kent State on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
When announcing his decision to transfer on Friday, former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims cited his desire to get closer to his family in Virginia.
According to one national college football reporter, Sims is getting his wish.
ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad tweeted on Monday morning that Sims, a graduate of Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, "has told Virginia coaches that he will enroll at the school." The Cavaliers were among the quarterback's finalists before he chose Alabama in 2010.
Sims was rated as the top high school quarterback recruit in the country by ESPNU in 2010. He was graded as a five-star prospect by Scout.com, and a four-star recruit by both ESPNU and Rivals.com. After redshirting in 2010, Sims appeared in eight games for Alabama last season as AJ McCarron's back-up. He finished the season 18-of-28 for 163 yards, with a pair of interceptions.
Sims initially picked the Crimson Tide over the Cavaliers, along with Georgia, Tennessee, Florida State and Clemson.
Rising junior Michael Rocco started all 13 games at quarterback for Virginia last season, throwing for 2,671 yards and 13 touchdowns. He's backed up by rising sophomore David Watford, who appeared in 10 games as a true freshman in 2011. Freshman Greyson Lambert, who enrolled early to practice with the Cavaliers this spring, is the third quarterback on the roster.