With 16 official scholarship offers in the fold, 3-year Damascus varsity football starter Brandon Phelps has become one of the most highly recruited rising seniors in the state of Maryland. Phelps, a 6-0, 170-pound cornerback/wide receiver, is enjoying the recruiting process and plans a busy spring and summer.
“It has been crazy. A little overwhelming,” Phelps said. “It’s actually kind of exciting, though, to visit all of these schools.”
Phelps has managed to visit four schools so far, including Duke, Maryland, Penn State and Virginia. He doesn’t want to stop there.
“For me, I want to get to as many schools that have offered me as I can,” said Phelps, who claims offers from the four schools he has visited as well as Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. His next visit is another trip to Penn State for its Blue/White game.
“I want to visit everywhere I can so I know I’m making the best decision.”
On each visit, Phelps says, “Mostly I’m just trying to get a gut feeling, seeing what each school has to offer. I kind of want to keep an open mind. I’m not in too big of a rush. I just want to keep an open mind right now, but I am looking to make a decision before the start of my senior season. I want to get it out of the way to focus on my team and help us get to a state championship.”
Phelps will not be the first college football player in his family. His father, Gary, played for the University of Virginia. Phelps didn’t grow up consistently going to Virginia football games, but he did visit last fall and again this past weekend.
“My dad played football there and my mom graduated from there too, so there is sentimental value to it. I am going to keep my eyes on them. It would be pretty cool to keep the legacy,” said Phelps, who adds that his family is “all from Virginia.”
Phelps has enjoyed each of the four schools he has visited thus far. He recalled all four experiences, beginning with the most recent experience in Charlottesville.
“I visited last weekend for the Spring Football Festival,” Phelps said. “It was good. I like the energy the coaches...
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