Alabama Gains Walk-On

Walk on Punter <b>Joseph McPhillips</b> hopes to bolster the Tide Special Teams Unit.

Joseph McPhillips from Cullman High School will be a walk-on punter this fall for the Crimson Tide.

"Coach Ross asked me if I was interested in playing football for the Crimson Tide. I told him in a very confident voice, yes sir, I am," said McPhillips.

McPhillips had thirty punts his junior year averaging forty-three yards a punt. He also had five field goals with a long of forty-two yards.

"I had a sixty-nine yard punt against Bradshaw which was a school record and just shy of the state record. Punting is definitely my strength in kicking but I would also love to work at being a kick-off man," McPhillips replied.

McPhillips is a very versatile athlete and has played football for two years playing several positions including receiver, kicker and punter. He has also started for three years as a point guard for Cullman's basketball team.

This year, Cullman High School is looking to win a state championship in soccer. McPhillips has been a starter for three years and saw his team win the state championship in 2002, state runner-up in 2003 and hoping to win it all in 2004.

In addition to all these sports, "I have also been on a swim team for thirteen years which helps keep you in shape," McPhillips added.

"I am extremely excited about being on the team (Alabama) with Justin Britt because Britt is my best friend and we can't wait to be on the team together. Justin and I have been on the same team in every sport except soccer for sixteen years," McPhillips said.

McPhillips will have the opportunity to shine with a couple of his friends from Cullman High School when he hits the field in Tuscaloosa. "Justin (Britt) is a fantastic football player and friend. I'm looking forward to seeing us both in the crimson jersey. I'm also excited to get a chance to work with Brian Bostick, because he is a friend of my brother," McPhillips replied.

Alabama was not the only school talking to McPhillips and he said, "I heard from Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Alabama. The only schools that asked me to walk-on were Alabama and Vanderbilt. Alabama was the only school I pushed for. I had no intentions of going anywhere else but Alabama."

McPhillips will get to live his dream this fall. "I cannot wait to get my career started at Alabama. I'm just so excited to get the chance to work as hard as I can at the best college in the world, " he stated.

"Alabama has the most tradition of any school and to have a chance to be a part of that means the world to me. I will do anything to make my dream come true, which is to play at Alabama and succeed," McPhillips replied.

Andrew Bone covers Alabama Recruiting for TheInsiders.com

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