One of Virginia's finest defensive back prospects has been swamped with
scholarship offers of late.
Phoebus High School's
Phillip Brown, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound corner with 4.4 speed, now has 10
official offers and expects more to come. He recently picked up offers from
Clemson, Tennessee, Michigan State, Indiana and Pittsburgh to go along with N.C.
State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia.
"It's good to have so many choices," he said, "but I
probably won't need all of those. I think I'm going to try and stay as close to
home as possible."
That's good news for the teams in his new top five: N.C.
State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Maryland.
The recent offer from Clemson vaulted the Tigers near
the top of his list. "They're strong up there now," he said. "I was really
excited to get an offer from them. That's given me something else to think
He also spoke about the other favorites:
"With N.C. State, I felt a good vibe from their coach
who's recruiting me. He hasn't come at me with any phony lines or anything. He's
real easy to talk to --- we joke around a lot --- and I feel like he's been real
honest about their program and how I'd fit in.
"With Tech, I've been up there a few times and really
liked it. I was running track at their indoor facility, and a bunch of their
coaches were there to watch me run. That made me feel good. I also go to go to
their spring game and had a good time. I got a good vibe from their coaches and
players as well.
"The thing about Maryland is I really like their
defensive style. They play a lot of bump-and-run coverage, and that's something
I like to do. I love tight, man-to-man defense. They're a team that is coming
up, too, the ACC champs.
"Virginia is on my list because of the coaching staff.
They're new and young and I feel a lot of fire and intensity from them."
Whoever lands Brown will be getting a potential great
one. As a junior, he recorded 71 tackles and four interceptions in earning 3A
He doesn't have any camps scheduled, rather "focusing on
academics and preparing to help lead Phoebus to another state championship."