Phillip Hay does a little bit of everything at Parkers Chapel High School in El Dorado, Ark. The 6-foot, 177-pound athlete plays running back, wide receiver, safety, cornerback, as well as handling kickoff and punt returns for the Trojans. Hay, who committed to Arkansas State in July, will likely play defensive back for the Red Wolves, but with his versatility, that could be subject to change when he arrives on campus.
"Coach Malzahn was definitely the reason I committed [to Arkansas State]," said Phillip Hay. "Also, the success they had last year played a part. I really liked the campus and the academics and feel the football program is headed in the right direction. They're giving me the opportunity to come in and play as a true freshman and I wanted to have that chance."
Parkers Chapel is off to a 2-4 start in Arkansas 2A, but Hay has been putting up big offensive numbers. He believes they can still win their remaining games to cement a playoff berth.
"I'm not sure about my stats but I have 18 touchdowns and around 1350 all-purpose yards," he said. "I had a big game against Norphlet with 364 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. In the Hermitage game, I scored five touchdowns and had 270 all-purpose yards. Offensively, I'm running the ball with better vision and patience. In the secondary, I haven't had a pick yet, but I've broken up several passes and think I'm doing a good job in man coverage. We probably need to win out [to make the playoffs], but I think we have a good shot at it turning things around."
Hay took an unofficial visit to Arkansas State over the summer, but has yet to make a game this season. He has been keeping tabs on the Red Wolves and staying in touch with the coaches.
"I talk to all of the them every week but probably the most with Coach Grimes the most," Hay said. "I got to see the games with Oregon and Nebraska. They started off kind of rough, but I think they're getting better."
Since his commitment, ULM and Navy have offered Hay. He says while he's debating taking official visits he's "sold" on the Arkansas State program. This weekend is Parker Chapels homecoming game with Hampton High School from the Camden area.