Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown linebacker Rashad Phillips may get overshadowed by star receiver Percy Harvin and Damon McDaniel, but the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder has received a flurry of offers over the past few weeks and is expecting more to come. Phillips has even scheduled two official visits.
"Three weeks ago I got my first offer from Kent and since I've picked up offers from James Madison, Akron, Illinois and Syracuse," he said. "I know Marshall is considering offering once they see me in person and Maryland should be offering me very soon because I just talked to them a couple weeks ago."
Phillips plans to take his first official visit this weekend to Syracuse.
"I like their program a lot because they run a West Coast offense and the tight end coach worked with Shannon Sharpe," he said. "Syracuse is recruiting me as a tight end also and that's important because everyone else is looking at me as an outside linebacker, but I really want to play tight end. I just really like catching the ball and running. I think that may give Syracuse an edge over the other teams a little bit."
The linebacker prospect plans to take another official next weekend, November 19th to Kent. Who else is he looking to visit?
"Right now, I'd say it's going to be Maryland, Marshall and Penn State," he said. "As I said, both Maryland and Marshall are probably going to offer, but I'm not sure what's going on with Penn State. I plan to take all the other visits in December and January."
One other school that is still in the hunt is Akron.
"I like what their coach has been telling me," he said. "They are building a good program and he says they should be tops in the league in the next couple years. They also have really solid indoor facilities there."
This season Phillips has been a force on both sides of the ball.
"The season is going great as I have 30 tackles, 17 sacks, 23 catches and five touchdowns," he said. "I've really learned to study plays and schemes a lot more this year and I'm picking up on them now.
"Percy and Damon have both really helped me with my route running and stuff. It makes it a lot of fun and easier to play with them as teammates."