The more that Zion Sims heard about West Point and Army football, the more it reminded the safety and linebacker of Servite (Calif.) High School and his team.
Sims started building a connection with Army special teams coach and California recruiter Sean Saturnio.
It all added up to Army as the right college for Sims, who has a 4.53 grade-point average. Sims committed to Saturnio and Army Sunday night.
“Really what sparked my interest was the brotherhood at West Point and how these guys compete,” Sims said. “It reminded me of my High School Servite where we stress brotherhood and hard work. I really saw this as a opportunity to fit in at a school whose values I am used to.”
Sims will fulfill a lifelong goal when he signs his certificate of commitment on early Signing Day Wednesday.
“It will for sure be an experience that I will never forget as pen touches the paper,” Sims said. “It’s been something I have thought about since the Pop Warner days of my career.
“I am looking forward to the brotherhood and bonds built with teammates and peers as well as competing on a high level football program. I also look forward to the military service of the school, which will be brand new to me. With a school as academically prestigious as West Point, I was very interested to being able to set myself up for the future.”
Sims, who is 6-foot and 180 pounds, made 78 tackles and forced three fumbles this season. He’s looking to visit West Point for the first time in the near future and continue to build his connection with Saturnio.
“Coach Saturnio is as a welcoming guy,” Sims said. “I felt like he was someone I could trust throughout the recruiting process and I am blessed to get to know him.”
Many Army 2022 commits will be signing Wednesday during the early period. Here’s an updated list of the 2022 class:
2022 Army football commits (66)
DE Amir Ali, 6-2, 235, Holy Cross HS, San Antonio, Texas: First offer – Army
*OL Henry Appleton, 6-3, 275, Denton Ryan HS, Denton, Texas: Other offers – Air Force. Helped Denton Ryan to Texas 5A state title as junior.
*RB Donovan Baker, 5-10, 190, Woodberry Forest (Va.) HS: Other offers – Navy.
*K Charlie Barnett, 6-2, 185, Westlake HS, Austin, Texas: First offer – Army
CB Josh Baskerville, 6-1, 170, Don Bosco Prep, West Point, N.Y.: Baskerville’s father, John is 1990 West Point graduate and the Deputy Head of the Department of Foreign Languages at the academy.
*DE Jack Bousum, 6-5, 225, St. Mary’s HS, Annapolis, Md.: First offer – Navy
*OL Ned Brady, 6-4, 245, New Canaan (Conn.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Boston College, Rutgers, Syracuse, Buffalo
*K Anderson Britton, 5-10, 155, Heritage HS, Ringgold, Ga.
*OL CJ Brooks, 6-1, 277, Warner Robins (Ga.) HS: First offer – Army.
*S Caden Brungard, 6-1, 190, Western Wayne HS, Lake Ariel, Pa.: Other offers – Air Force
*RB David Clerk, 5-9, 160, Centennial HS, Burleson, Texas
S Connor Clinton, 6-1, 190, Casteel HS, Queen Creek, Ariz.: Other offers – Navy, Arizona, Arizona State
*DL Mason Davis, 6-2, 260, Denton Ryan HS, Denton, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Hawaii, North Texas. Helped Denton Ryan to Texas state 5A championship
*WR Michael Davis, 6-1, 205, Denton Ryan HS, Denton, Texas: First offer – Army.
*OL Sam Dec, 6-4, 250, Nease HS, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Marshall, Appalachian State, Florida International, Georgia Southern, UConn, Western Kentucky, Georgia State, Colorado State, Troy, UMass.
*CB RJ DeMadet, 5-9, 160, Memorial HS, Frisco, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
DE-TE David Dunston, 6-3, 230, William Penn HS, New Castle, Del.
*RB Omari Embree, 5-8, 170, Warren Woods Tower HS, Detroit, Mich.: Other offers – Central Michigan. Ranked 58th best player in Michigan by 247 Sports
OL Paolo Gennarelli, 6-3, 280, St. Charles North (Ill.) HS: Other offers – Wyoming
QB Sylas Gomez, 6-2, 185, Central Catholic HS, San Antonio, Texas: First offer – Army.
S-LB Esteban Guillory, 6-1, 195, Cornerstone Christian HS, San Antonio, Texas: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy.
DE Caden Harman, 6-3, 240, Sierra Canyon School, Chatsworth, Calif.
DL Kody Harris, 6-2, 295, Middletown (Del.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Visited Army, Navy and Air Force.
*QB Cale Hellums, 5-11, 185, Tomball (Texas) HS: First offer – Army. Rushed for 1,796 yards junior year.
*DL Marc Hernandez, 6-4, 315, Bell HS, Hurst, Texas: Other offers – Air Force
CB DJ Hill-Smith, 6-2, 177, Little Rock (Ark.) Central HS: Other offers – Arkansas State
*DE Nate Holt, 6-6, 240, Unionville (Pa.) HS
*S Garren Huey, 5-10, 175, Memorial HS, Frisco, Texas: 2021 stats – 78 tackles, 3 INTs
QB Ja’Mar Jessie, 6-1, 195, Navasota (Texas) HS: First FBS offer – Army
OL Kendrick Kirby, 6-3, 270, Calhoun (Ga.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Memphis, Arkansas State, Marshall.
*DT Bridger Knee, 6-2, 250, Baylor School, Chattanooga, Tenn.: Other offers – Ball State, Utah State
DE Joey Knight, 6-3, 230, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Conn.: Played 2021 spring season at Wellesley (Mass.) before transferring to Choate Rosemary Hall
*OL Tyler Lee, 6-2, 285, Tomball (Texas) HS: Other offers – Air Force, Tulsa, Marshall, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas State
*S Collin Matteson, 6-foot, 175, Oklahoma Christian School, Edmond, Okla.
OL Luke McCurdy, 6-3, 267, Park City (Utah) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Nevada
*WR Elo Modozie, 6-3, 195, Bartram Trail HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
*OL Nick Moore, 6-4, 275, Northwest HS, Cincinnati, Ohio: Other offers – Navy, Marshall
*DB Ryan Nolan, 5-10, 170, Gainesville (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy
*OL Lane Parks, 6-5, 275, Yukon (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Air Force, New Mexico, Texas State. Ranked No. 29 in The Oklahoman’s Super 30 for 2022 season.
*LS Jack Pirinelli, 6-1, 240, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: First offer – Army
*DE-LB Donovan Poe, 6-2, 230, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly HS
*LB Steven Powers, 6-foot, 200, Franklin HS, El Paso, Texas: First offer – Army. Second offer – Navy.
FB Jake Rendina, 6-foot, 238, Glacier HS, Kalispell, Wyoming: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
*QB Larry Robinson, 6-foot, 175, Saline (Mich.) HS: Ranked the 81st best quarterback in 2022 class and top QB in Michigan by 247 Sports. Other offers – Navy, Central Michigan.
*FB Hunter Roddy, 6-foot, 220, Chaparral HS, Murrieta, Calif.: Other offers – Navy
LB Holden Sapp, 6-2, 215, Benedictine Military School, Savannah, Ga.: Other offers – Middle Tennessee State. 2020 Region III Class AAAA defensive player of year with 102 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.
OL Ryan Scott, 6-3, 250, Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga.: First offer – Army
*DB Zion Sims, 6-foot, 180, Servite HS, Anaheim, Calif.
*DT Brady Small, 6-3, 285, St. Augustine Prep, Richland, N.J.: Other offers – Navy, Kent State
RB Corey Singleton, 5-11, 205, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy, Air Force
CB Joseph Stephens, Fleming Island (Fla.) HS: First offer – Army
*DE-LB Dillon Stowers, 6-4, 235, Liberty Christian Academy, Lynchburg, Va.: Other offers – Navy
LB Andon Thomas, 6-1, 200, Liberty Hill (Texas) HS: First offer – Army. Other offers – Air Force.
*TE Toby Thompson, 6-4, 240, Cherokee HS, Canton, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
K David Vaughn, 5-11, 160, Coffee HS, Douglas, Ga.
DE Maurice Veney, 6-4, 235, Roman Catholic HS, Philadelphia, Pa.
*WR Neo Vossschulte, 6-4, 190, Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, Pa.
WR Tyler Vroman, 6-3, 180, Lowell (Mich.) HS: First offer – Army
*P James Wagenseller, 6-3, 191, Poway (Calif.) HS
*RB Dakoda Wagner, 6-1, 210, Flagler Palm Coast (Fla.) HS
RB Isaiah West, 6-1, 204, Georgetown Prep, North Bethesda, Md.: Other offers – Navy
*RB Trent White, 5-11, 220, Monterey HS, Lubbock, Texas: First offer – Army. Other offers – Navy.
CB Curtis Whiting, 5-11, 181, Hackensack (N.J.) HS
TE Cooper Wilkinson, 6-3, 235, New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) HS: Committed during visit on June 6.
*LB Christian Yousefzadeh, 6-4, 225, Creekside HS, St. John’s, Fla.: Other offers – Georgia Tech
OL Jonah Zimmerman, 6-3, 290, Oceanside (Calif.) HS
*Signed certificate of commitment during early signing period
Commits by state: Texas (17), Georgia (8), Florida (7), California (6), Pennsylvania (4), Michigan (3), New Jersey (3), Connecticut (2), Delaware (2), Maryland (2), Oklahoma (2), Virginia (2), Arizona (1), Arkansas (1), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Ohio (1), Tennessee (1), Utah (1), Wyoming (1)
Commits offered by Navy: 20
Commits offered by Air Force: 15