Andre Sims Jr., who graduated this past Friday with a degree in journalism, was granted a release from his scholarship by Michigan State with one year of eligibility remaining , the school announced Tuesday.
A two-year starter at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, Sims was one of the highest rated wide receivers in the country before committing to the Spartans. Ranked No. 63 by Scout.com and No. 66 by Rivals, he redshirted during the 2011 season, before leading the program with 11 punt returns and 92 return yards the following year.
Sims only caught seven passes for 55 yards his sophomore campaign, but did garner his first touchdown pass against Youngstown State. This past season, the 5-foot-9, 190 pounder only played in seven games while recording 26 yards receiving on three catches.
"The fact Andre completed his degree in four years is a testament to his work ethic," MSU head coach Mark Dantonio said in a press release. "He’s a quality person, and we wish him the best of luck as he enters his final season of competition."
Sims finishes his career at East Lansing with 27 punt return yards for 224 yards, including 13 receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown.