Colleges are quickly taking notice of 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end Paul Phillips. The Bethesda (Md.) Georgetown Prep prospect claims two offers to date, but is getting looks from a variety of other schools as well.
"I've got an offer from Indiana and one from Richmond right now," he said. "I know a couple other schools are close. I'm pretty sure Syracuse and Rice are right there. Then, I'm going to send senior tape to Boston College, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. A lot of those schools want to see how I'm running."
Phillips touched on his first two offers to date.
"I like Richmond a lot," he said. "They were my first offer and they have a really nice campus. I'm really impressed with them. They are in the same boat with Indiana even though they are I-AA.
"I visited Indiana last Monday. I liked it a lot. I didn't know much about it, but my dad is from the Midwest and he was pushing me to make a visit. It was a little bit of a surprise offer."
The three-star prospect has ties to a couple programs and maintains he likes one of them a lot.
"My oldest brother plays at Stanford and then my second oldest plays at Virginia," he said. "I kind of want to stay closer to home. I like Virginia a lot. However, they are recruiting me as a linebacker. I haven't thought about it much, but I kind of want to stick to tight end. We'll see what happens with the whole linebacker thing.
"I love the campus there and I've hung out with the players on the team and gotten to know them. I love the coaches there too including Coach Price."
Phillips posted 15 receptions for 160-yards and two touchdowns last season as he was primarily a blocker. What sticks out about him as a player?
"I think my best attribute is that I can block linebackers and linemen," he said. "In terms of a receiver, I run good routes, cut pretty hard and can get open. I use my body well. I think I create mismatches on linebackers and smaller defensive backs."