St. Louis DB continues pipeline of prospects to Muncie

Ball State added to the Class of 2017 on Thursday with the commitment of a St. Louis area DB

Kirkwood (MO) DB Antonio Phillips continued the healthy pipeline of prospects from the St. Louis area to Ball State when he verbally committed Thursday to Coach Mike Neu and staff.

"The whole coaching staff made me feel so welcomed and like family when I took a visit," Phillips said. "They made me feel at home and then my position coach, Coach (Chevis) Jackson, he played at LSU and some years in the league, he was a real down the Earth guy, but kept it real with me which is all I ask for. I'm excited to get to work with him in the future."

Phillips will join former STL area players Kevonn MabonDedrick CromartieLamar AndersonTeddy Williamson and Kenny Knight on the Cardinal roster.

The 6-0 170 DB was able to be a part of the Super Saturday even at Ball State last weekend and came away with a great feeling for the campus and program.

"I visited last weekend," Phillips said. "And the facilities were awesome, the new weight room caught my eye, I loved the meeting room and the coaches offices and I like how the campus is big but everything is still pretty much in walking distance it was beautiful overall."

Phillips, who chose Ball State over offers from Northern Iowa, Southeast Missouri, South Dakota State, Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois and Illinois, says he will a physicality to the defensive back field for the Cardinals.

"I feel like my size and length is ideal for DBs in today's game," Phillips said. "I can get my long arms on receivers and still move my feet fast enough to stay in front of them and I can high point the ball like a wide out, and definitely not afraid of contact, so I feel like my size is a big part of my game."

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