CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Quarterback Phillip Sims has been granted a waiver to play at Virginia this season.

The school says it was informed by the NCAA of the decision Wednesday.

Sims was among the highest-rated quarterbacks in the country coming out of Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va., in 2010. He had a 48-4 record and set state records with 10,725 yards passing and 119 touchdown passes.

He played in eight games as a redshirt-freshman at Alabama in 2011, then transferred to Virginia in May.

Coach Mike London said he is pleased to have the matter resolved. Sims is expected to be able to compete for the starting job against incumbent Michael Rocco and sophomore dual-threat David Watford.

Sims has three years of eligibility remaining.