MORGANTOWN - Charles Sims has decided to transfer to West Virginia to play his final season of college football.
Mountaineer officials had yet to officially confirm Sims' decision late Friday, but multiple reports indicated the former Houston running back is headed to Morgantown.
"It feels real good to make this decision. It's the next step in my life,'' Sims said during an interview with Mark Berman of Houston television station, Fox 26. "I just want to hurry up and get back to what I do."
Sims led the Cougars with 851 yards rushing, along with collecting 37 receptions for 373 yards and 14 total TDs in 2012.
California also had been mentioned as a possible destination for Sims, who graduated in May, which makes him eligible to play immediately for the Mountaineers.
WVU utilizes a similar offense Sims had played in the past several years at Houston, and Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen served as offensive coordinator at the school during his freshman year.
"I'm familiar with the offense and I just felt comfortable at West Virginia," said Sims, who is projected as the fifth-best running back prospect for the 2014 NFL draft "I'm familiar with their schemes and what they have going."
Sims' transfer regulations included not being allowed to go to a school Houston plays in 2013, any school in Texas or members of the Cougars' new home - the American Athletic Conference (former Big East Conference).
He is the second high-profile transfer to join the Mountaineers this offseason, as quarterback Clint Trickett will come to WVU after moving on from Florida State.
Trickett also is eligible for the upcoming season.