Wide receiver Shakim Phillips is undoubtedly one of the Garden State's top prospects from the class of 2010. The rising junior from Wayne (N.J.) De Paul Catholic has the size and speed to be a big-time college player and he already holds two offers.
The 6-foot-1, 196-pound wide out caught 22 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns last fall as a sophomore. He will likely draw a lot of double teams this fall, but he should be a bigger part of the offense.
This summer he has taken a couple of trips and has come away with verbal offers.
"I went to Syracuse for an unofficial visit and I got offered," Phillips recalled. "They can't extend actual papers until September 1. Connecticut said the same thing. I only went to those two. Other than that I've just been working out. I like those two."
Phillips coach has been contacted by coaches from Oregon, Maryland, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida State, though those schools have not extended verbal offers yet.
"I have no favorites, no," Phillips said. "I grew up liking the Florida Gators though, and I'm still a fan. I've watched them since I was like five. I used to watch them with my uncles and my family because they liked them too."
Phillips said he is hoping to hear from the Florida coaches. He plans on attending games at Syracuse and other schools this fall.