Update: Via Cougars Den, Charles Sims confirms he's leaving:
I don't know what my next step will be. I have one more year of eligibility, therefore I may look to play (1) more year of college football or I may enter the NFL Supplemental Draft later this year.
Star running back Charles Sims is reportedly leaving the Houston Cougars football team, although its unclear why the big-bodied back would be moving on or what this means for the potential first-round NFL draft pick's future.
The news came from the publisher of Houston's Rivals site:
Multiple sources confirm to me that senior RB Charles Sims is leaving the program. Will have much more info regarding his options very soon.— Rob Sellers (@Cougars_Den) May 22, 2013
Sims was recently listed at No. 21 in Dan Kadar's early 2014 mock draft. A 2011 first-team Conference USA player and 2012 second-teamer, Sims ran for 851 yards on 6.0 yards per carry this year, and the only reason those numbers were so low is because of an ankle injury toward the end of the season. Of seven non-injury-shortened games Sims played in 2012, he ran for 100 yards in four. The Cougars went 4-3 in games where he was healthy, and just 1-4 in games where he was hurt.
The 6'1, 215-pounder is also a deft pass-catcher -- 759 yards receiving as a freshman -- and averaged a whopping 7.5 yards per carry as a sophomore for a pass-heavy offense led by Case Keenum. He redshirted his second season at Houston after playing as a true freshman, so he still has eligibility remaining to play at another program, and could play immediately:
It should be noted that Sims has already graduated from Houston, so he won't have to sit a year should he transfer.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) May 22, 2013
He could also enter the NFL's supplemental draft in June.