Top CB/WR Phelps Talks Recruiting

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The Evaluation Period is now over and Damascus (MD) cornerback/wide receiver Brandon Phelps holds 21 official scholarship offers, with Alabama being the most recent school to offer. Phelps, a 6-0, 170-pound rising senior, recalls a busy Evaluation Period and looks ahead to what will be an important summer.

The Evaluation Period

“Going through the process, it has been real crazy with phone calls and visits from coaches and everything,” Phelps said. “It’s started to calm down, so I’ve had more of a chance to think about my options and plan my summer, which will consist of me taking a lot of visits and hopefully making my decision before the start of the season.”

A typical day in the Evaluation Period meant constant trips to the Damascus football office, where recruiters flocked in April and May. Phelps’ evenings consisted of contact from college coaches.

“During the process, I was actually in the football office more than I was in class,” Phelps said. “Now that it’s over, I have a lot of catching up to do. As far as the calls were concerned, it wasn’t too bad. I’d only have maybe two coaches call a night.”

Phelps didn’t have specific questions for each coach, choosing instead to keep the conversations casual.

“I didn’t ask too many questions,” he said. “I just tried to get a feel for the person. I’m hoping to learn a lot more when I take visits. I will be able to get better feel for each school.”

Visits, schools and an early decision

Although he has had some time to consider his summer plans, Phelps has yet to schedule any specific visit dates. With some family being from the state of Virginia, he says he may swing through Virginia Tech and Virginia this summer. Both programs have offered. At this point, though, he also has not determined which schools he will visit for certain.

So far, the talented rising senior has visited Duke, Maryland, Penn State and Virginia, with the latter two being significant because Phelps has been to Penn State twice this year and his father played for the University of Virginia.

“I know this past year they didn’t have too good of a season, but Coach London seems like he is getting everything up and running,” Phelps said of Virginia. “He has