Former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims announces transfer to Virginia

After several days of speculation, former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims has announced he is transferring to Virginia.

"Virginia football welcomes Phillip Sims to our family," said Cavaliers head coach Mike London in a school release. "Hopeully he will have a productive career here at Uva as his previous accolades have shown."

Sims completed 64.3 percent of his 28 attempts for 163 yards in limited action for the defending BCS National Champions before AJ McCarron took over as the full time starter under center.

In addition to returning to his home state of Virginia, Sims is rejoining former high school teammates running back Perry Jones and wide receiver Tim Smith. All three were part of the 2008 State Champion squad at Oscar Smith High School. In his four years at Oscar Smith, Sims posted a 48-4 record as a starter.

Virginia returns two featured quarterbacks from 2011, starting junior Michael Rocco and reserve sophomore David Watford. Sims is reportedly hoping for an NCAA waiver to allow immediate eligibility, and if it is granted the Cavaliers should have a heated race at quarterback headed into the 2012 season.

For more on Sims and Virginia, check out Jerry Ratcliffe's Cavaliers RapidReports for more.

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