Virginia lands former Alabama quarterback

Mike London continues to elevate the Virginia program following a standout 2011 campaign, as the third-year Cavaliers head coach has landed former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims, according to ESPN.com's Joe Schad.

Sims, a Class of 2010 recruit who was offered by such powers as Georgia, Tennessee, Florida State and Clemson, redshirted as a freshman but played in eight games for the Crimson Tide last season. He completed 64 percent of his passes on just 28 attempts with no touchdowns against two interceptions. AJ McCarron beat him out for the starting job last fall.

On Friday, Alabama granted Sims permission to transfer, and Schad reported Monday that the Crimson Tide would allow him to transfer to Virginia.

Sims is a Chesapeake, Va., native and said he wanted to be closer to home. It will be interesting to see if he tries to become eligible to play immediately via an NCAA appeal. If he is granted a hardship waiver, he likely would immediately challenge incumbent Michael Rocco for the starting gig in Charlottesville. Of course, the Hoos also landed Class of 2012 signal-caller Greyson Lambert, who enrolled early after choosing Virginia over offers from Alabama and Georgia.

Certainly, London has made huge strides on the recruiting trail in his short time as Cavs head coach. The addition of Sims is yet another feather in his cap.

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