It’s safe to say that Rashad Phillips made the right decision this fall. After choosing not to play football last season as a junior, the 6-4, 205-pound senior decided to give it a go this year and has seen tremendous results. Because of his outstanding performance at the wide receiver and defensive end positions, Phillips has received a handful of Division 1A scholarship offers.
“He’s got a first step that’s very, very quick,” Landstown head coach Chris Beatty said of Phillips. “Some teams like him on defense and some teams like him as a tight end. He’s a really good athlete and he’s a 6-4 guy who has lots of growth potential. He had a ton of sacks this year and he made 34 catches on offense, so he has soft hands.”
Phillips has received scholarship offers from Maryland, N.C. State, Syracuse, Virginia and, earlier this week, added one from Virginia Tech.
“I think he’s interested in anyone that’s interest in him,” Beatty said.
Coach Beatty talked about Phillips’ interest in both in-state programs. Virginia likes him as an athlete, with outside linebacker being a distinct possibility. Virginia Tech coach Bryan Stinespring told Beatty earlier this week that he could see Rashad as a defensive end or even as a tight end.
“Virginia has offered him a visit during the second week of January, but I’m not sure if he wants to take it,” Beatty said. “I’m not sure [of Rashad’s interest in Virginia Tech]. I haven’t really talked to him about it.”
Phillips has taken two official visits so far and has two more lined up, leaving one open spot.
“He likes N.C. State and he’s going to take a visit there,” Beatty said. Phillips has taken officials to Syracuse and Kent State already. “He is going to go to Maryland tomorrow and I think N.C. State on January 14th and then probably [Virginia] Tech, but he has offers from several places including UVa for the last visit.”
Academically, Phillips has work to do on his SAT and GPA but certainly has a chance to qualify and is working hard to do so.
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