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Top 2025 INF Colton Sims Goes In-Depth on Notre Dame Visit

September 19, 2023

Notre Dame baseball hosted one of its top recruits in the 2025 cycle last week as Shawnee Mission East (Kans.) infielder Colton Sims made his way to campus for an unofficial visit. 

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder didn’t quite know what to expect on his trip to South Bend, but Sims left impressed as he was able to do and see just about everything on campus. 

“I had a lot of fun and more than I thought I would,” Sims told ISD. “I got to see all the facilities, meet all the coaches and I love all the coaches. They are super easy to talk to. I went to the football game, ate a little food and got to go on the field.

“We found our way to the student section, which was super fun. I got to be pushed up after a touchdown. It was fun to be part of the tradition there.” 

Notre Dame’s staff made plenty of time for Sims during the visit and the conversations weren’t necessarily all about baseball, which impressed the Kansas native. 

Head coach Shawn Stiffler left a significant impression on Sims as the two were able to get to know each other well during the visit. 

“He was a really good guy,” stated Sims. “I enjoyed being around him. I didn’t really take him as a baseball coach. I took him as a normal guy because the way he acted was different. He was very polite and pretty funny. He cracked some jokes at dinner and he was just fun to be around.” 

Notre Dame’s ace recruiter, Logan Robbins, has formed a good relationship with Sims, but during the visit he was able to show the Shawnee Mission East star how he’d be developed in the Irish program. 

“Coach Robbins is pretty easy to talk to,” explained Sims. “He’s young and he gets humor for young guys. He knows what he’s talking about baseball-wise, too. He’s just super smart and he has had success in the past. Coach Robbins is just a really good guy.” 

“He told me what he’d do as soon as I got there. He showed me around the facilities and showed me the machines and technology they have to make me better.” 

As for a decision, Sims could have one sooner rather than later as he’s likely done with his visits after taking a trip to an SEC powerhouse earlier this month. 

“I went to Vanderbilt and I don’t know if I’m going to go anywhere else,” Sims stated. “I just have to see in the next week or two how everything plays out. I’ll make my decision from there. I don’t know how long it’s going to be. It could be this week or next month.” 

As for what he’ll be considering when he makes his decision, it comes down to three factors. Playing early, the coaching staff and facilities. 

“I was always taught that you develop better by playing games,” said Sims. “Obviously, you develop during practice, but playing games is different and helps you more. I’m looking for nice coaches and being able to talk to coaches easily. Having coaches who have humor is big for me because I’m a happy guy. I like to smile around the baseball field, so having a coach who gets that is really big. 

“Facilities-wise, I want to have nice facilities. It’s not really a huge thing with me, but those are my three top things.” 

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