Bath County High School (Hot Springs, VA) star tight end prospect John Phillips suffered an unfortunate knee injury in the final regular season game of the 2003 season. The rising senior tore two ligaments in one of his knees, an injury that required surgery in December.
According to BCHS Head Coach Will Fields, Phillips is well on his way to a full recovery.
“He tore two ligaments in one of his knees in the last regular season game,” Fields said. “He had surgery on December 2nd and he’s way ahead of schedule. He’s not wearing a brace and he hasn’t needed to see the doctor in about a month. I think he may be able to even play some baseball this spring.”
As a junior, Phillips made 25 catches for 495 yards and six touchdowns. His combination of size, mobility, and hands makes him one of the top tight end prospects in the East. He is also a standout defensive end, earning Group A coaches second-team All-State honors for both positions as a junior.
“John’s 6-6, 240 pounds,” Fields said. “He runs a 4.75 40…at least that’s the time he ran during last year’s camp at UNC. That’s the last time I have on him. What stands out about him is that he catches the ball real well, and he can catch it in traffic. He just has great hands and is really great at focusing on the ball.”
The injury has not hurt his scholarship prospects either, as Phillips has received official scholarship offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech in the early going. Maryland, NC State, and UNC have shown strong interest as well.
“Virginia Tech and UVa have given him official offers,” Fields said. “Maryland, UNC, and NC State are very interested as well, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see them offer soon. He was about ready to make an early decision after receiving offers from the two big-time in-state programs, but he decided to wait. I think he’ll wait until next football season now to at least check out all of his options. He decided that there wasn’t any need to rush into anything.”
Phillips’ brother, Jacob, has signed a Letter of Intent with William & Mary. Coach Fields says not to count out the Tribe in the race for John, as the two brothers are extremely close.
“I wouldn’t rule it out,” Fields said. “If John can get his GPA up high enough to get into William & Mary, I think he’d take a long look at going there. He and Jacob are more than close, they’re inseparable.”...
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