Phillips Looking Out West

The intermountain west isn't the first area you'd think a top athlete from the Deep South would be looking to play at the next level, but that is exactly where Drew Phillips is looking to play. Wyoming jumped out as his early favorite, but is it still his favorite? TBS caught up with Phillips to learn of where he's leaning towards early on during the recruiting process.

Drew Phillips is a 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound athlete from Boaz, Alabama that plays both safety and running back for Boaz High School. Phillips has culminated some eye-popping stats, with his best offensive outing coming against Southside High School last season when he rushed the ball 31 times for 326 yards and four touchdowns.

Phillips is currently running in the state championships for track, where he runs both the 100 and 200 meters. His best times are 10.98 in the 100 and 22.0 in the 200, proving that he has more-than-adequate speed for the next level.

Phillips' exploits on the football field have earned him early attention from two very unlikely suitors in both Wyoming and now BYU. Both schools have offered him a scholarship, and while Wyoming was his early favorite, that is changing the more he hears about BYU.

"Both Wyoming and BYU are equal in my mind right now, but I'm liking BYU more and more every day it seems," said Phillips. "I've been looking at their facilities online and they're incredible. I've talked to the coaches a lot and I'm really starting to like what they have to offer."

Phillips is being recruited by Cougar assistant coach Patrick Higgins and really likes what he's heard.

"I call Coach Higgins from time to time and I really like him as a person and I like what he has to say," related Phillips. "He told me that BYU uses their running backs a lot even though they aren't a running school. He tells me that they have a guy who has rushed for about 1,000 yards for two straight years now and that he's about to graduate, so I'd be able to compete for his spot."

Phillips is a versatile athlete that could play running back, safety or maybe even another position in college.

"Coach Higgins told me that I could even play slot in their offense, which I like," said Phillips. "I catch the ball well, so I could definitely see myself playing there some or all the time or just at running back. I really like BYU's offense from how it's been explained to me and I think it's perfect for someone of my skills."

Phillips' conversations didn't end with Higgins, as he's had the opportunity to talk to Cougar head coach Bronco Mendenhall over the phone as well.

"He's a guy you can really talk to," said Phillips of Coach Mendenhall. "He talked to me more about football and where he could see me playing and doing for the team. He seemed like an outgoing guy who you could really talk to, which I like."

Coach Higgins is set to visit Phillips this coming weekend, and in about a month's time Phillips will have the opportunity to see BYU up close during its Junior Day.

"I'm flying out to go to Wyoming's Junior Day on May 28 and then I'm going to visit BYU," explained Phillips. "It will be good to see both schools up close and sort of compare them. I'm real excited to do that."

Phillips is not LDS, but is attracted to BYU by its strict standards inherent within the honor code.

"College for me isn't about partying," said Phillips. "I don't party or drink or anything. College is about getting a degree and BYU would be a great place to do that. I know about their standards and it's a good thing. It's something that will help me focus on what is important."

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