College Signing

Brayden Sims signs a football scholarship with Davidson

February 7, 2014 

Brayden Sims signs his letter of intent with his parents (seated) Tommy and Angela Sims, (standing, from left) Garner athletic director Nelson Smith, Brayden's siblings, Hunter and Ashton, and Garner assistant principal Joe Bundens.

COURTESY OF JASON BOYETTE

Parents: Tommy and Angela Sims

High School: Garner

Height, Weight: 6-foot-2, 190 pounds

Position: Wide Receiver

Why Davidson? “I’ve always been someone who’s strived for academic rigor. I was a part of the IB (International Bacularuette) program here. I didn’t know much about Davidson until they started talking to me last year. As I looked into it more and more I learned what a great school it is for academics it really appealed to me.”

Major: Biology or Business

Notable: Brayden grew up playing in the Garner Pop Warner leagues and went on to become a three-year member of the Trojans’ varsity football program. He holds the distinction of playing in more playoff games (an even dozen) than any other Trojan player. … One of his bigger games was this past fall in Garner’s wild playoff win over Fayetteville Britt where he blocked a punt and hauled in a 72-yard touchdown pass. … He considered accepting an invitation to walk on and join the football program at Wake Forest University but decided Davidson was the place for him. … If he pursues the medical field, Brayden plans to major in biology at Davidson. … He’d like to put on 15 pounds before the season starts without dropping any of his speed. … Brayden will be back on the diamond this fall for the Garner baseball team after taking a year off. He played varsity basketball as a sophomore and a junior. … About 20 of his Garner teammates were on hand for his signing. “That’s what I’ll remember most about Garner, the family we had as a team,” Brayden said. “We were together from June through December and I loved every minute of it. These guys who are here today are all brothers to me.”

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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